STOP at ICO 2022

As the STOP project draws to an end, the project took advantage of the International Congress on Obesity (ICO 2022) to showcase the state-of-the-art findings and tools that have come out of the project. In collaboration with its sister project, CO-CREATE a workshop was held to present the practical policy-related findings and to discuss implications and relevance for other parts of the world.

Workshop attendees heard from the STOP project team on the newly published set of WHO policy briefs. Each of these focuses on a specific aspect, covering implementation frameworks, calls to action and, where relevant, country case studies.

Topics in these briefs include fiscal policies for healthy diets, nudges to promote healthy eating in schools, nutrition labelling, and reformulation of food and beverage products. Findings from the European Food-Epi and BIA-obesity were also presented, highlighting where progress in improving food environments has been made and where more is needed.

The workshop ended with a 20-minute interactive panel discussion examined learnings for other regions, key entry points for actions, and how to integrate knowledge at individual and population level to identify the best approaches to address childhood obesity.