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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.

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.

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Health professionals

Links for health professionals

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:



STOP Newsletter 1 - STOP is off to a healthy start

STOP Newsletter 2 - September 2019

STOP Newsletter 3 - March 2020

STOP Newsletter 4 - November 2020

STOP Newsletter 5 - June 2021

STOP Newsletter 6 - November 2021

STOP leaflet

Policy makers/NGOs

Links for policy makers and NGOs

General public

Links for adolescents and their parents

The Numbers

Organisation involved in the initiative
Funding received by the European Commission
Countries represented by the project partners
Duration of the initiative

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Policy makers and public health organisations called to engage with Food EPI recommendations

In the past decades, the number of people living with overweight, obesity, and diet related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has risen. This increase has been associated with widening exposure to obesogenic food environments in Europe and […]

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Health-GPS: A microsimulation tool by Alijadallah Belabess

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 74% of deaths worldwide. They have a tremendous impact on people’s mental and physical well-being whilst also having an economic impact through losses in productivity and unemployment. There has […]

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STOP Final Conference: What next in childhood obesity research for policy?

Over the last four-and-a-half years, the STOP project has been undertaking research on the determinants of childhood obesity and the policies and interventions that are necessary to address its rising prevalence across Europe. STOP partners […]

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