Though the project only started last summer, STOP has been presented at important events covering obesity, nutrition and health, as well as online. News of the project launch was distributed by project partners among their networks, and got picked up in the media, for example, with Project Coordinator Professor Franco Sassi doing an interview with Radio 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore in Italy.
Most recently, the project was presented at the launch of the Policy Evaluation Network in February 2019.
In September 2018, STOP was discussed with attendees at the UK Conference on Obesity in Newcastle, UK. In addition, the project has been featured in several webinars, including a webinar on addressing childhood obesity by the World Obesity Federation.
Franco Sassi (Imperial College London) presented the STOP project to members of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) in the United States on 1 November 2018. Launched in 2009, NCCOR coordinate all research on childhood obesity in the United States by bringing together four of the nation’s leading research funders — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America.
STOP presented at the BCFN International Forum
On November 28, 2018, Franco Sassi (Imperial College London) presented the STOP project at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, organised in Milan by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN), in a session on “Healthy Diets, Physical Activity and Education in Youth: Current and Future Research”. The BCFN is a third-party partner in the STOP project.
He spoke about how the obesity epidemic has spread globally over the past 40 years, and where the principal knowledge gaps are. He also explained how we measure obesity and its spread, knowledge that can then be used to figure out why some children become obese and others don’t. He then discussed the STOP project and how its concepts and solutions will address this problem.
The BCFN International Forum is designed to foster interdisciplinary discussion on issues of nutrition and sustainability. Here, experts, opinion-makers and researchers are brought together to discuss and share evidence, scientific data and best practices, in order to build a model of sustainable food that can meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The idea is to find ways to address pressing issues involving food production and consumption, including malnutrition and obesity, reducing food waste, and promoting sustainable, healthy diets.