COVID-19 and obesity: resources
STOP has gathered materials pertaining to obesity and the current COVID-19 outbreak, with a strong focus on identifying resources that may be useful regarding childhood obesity
Childhood obesity has grown to become one of the most dramatic features of the global obesity epidemic, with dire long-term consequences on health, social and economic outcomes. Obesity has spread to more than one in ten children aged 5-19 throughout southern Europe, in parts of central-eastern Europe and in the United Kingdom, with more than one in three children overweight in countries such as Greece, Malta and Italy. The spread of obesity has been fuelled by changes in social norms and living environments that have led to excessive and imbalanced nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and ultimately obesity and the diseases associated with it.
Watch the video below to learn more about childhood obesity:
STOP (Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy), a Horizon 2020-funded project to tackle childhood obesity, aims at expanding and consolidating the multi-disciplinary evidence base upon which effective and sustainable policies can be built to prevent and manage childhood obesity. The primary focus of STOP is on the cumulative impacts of multiple and synergistic exposures in vulnerable and socially disadvantaged children and their families, which must be a priority target for the fight against childhood obesity in Europe. STOP will identify critical stages in childhood (starting from prenatal exposures) at which interventions can be most effective and efficient.
If you are a health professional, such as a scientist, public health worker, health promotion specialist, public health nutritionist or fitness industry worker, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
If you are a policy maker or part of a non-governmental organisation, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
If you are an adolescent, a young person, a parent, or a member of the general public, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
2020 has shown that many aspects of our health are not only determined by ourselves, but are often shaped by the society we live in. COVID-19 has highlighted the treat obesity poses to us as […]
In 2019, we held the first STOP stakeholder conference where we presented the results and insights from a survey disseminated earlier in the year. The objective of this survey was to get a better understanding […]
Overweight and obesity affect more than 25% of children in Europe, and over 40% in some individual countries. Children from population groups exposed to socio-economic vulnerabilities tend to be disproportionately affected by obesity. While many […]