London childhood obesity exchange

A series of practical, inspiring events to share and create solutions to tackling childhood obesity in London


In 2016, the Association of Directors of Public Health London launched a sector led improvement project on childhood obesity where all London boroughs took part. It was decided by London boroughs that a series of learning events on childhood obesity were needed. So here we are!

What you will get at the events

  • Hear from experts using a whole systems approach to tackling childhood obesity
  • Exchange ideas, tips and insights from local, national and international case studies
  • Develop simple, practical, realistic ideas to turn theory and examples into practice
  • Make new connections to develop local multi-disciplinary partnerships and plan to make achievable changes locally
  • Understand how by making childhood obesity your business, you are likely to be addressing your local authority’s corporate plan’s objectives


  • Tackling obesity is complex and requires action at every level. Local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action to tackle obesity across its various departments, services and partner organisations.
  • London has the highest level of childhood obesity compared to other major global cities, such as New York, Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Paris and Madrid.
  •  A conversation with over 2 million Londoners last year, through the Great Weight Debate campaign, showed that 86% of these Londoners thought that tackling childhood obesity was a top priority.
  •  In England, obesity costs £27b to the wider economy, £6.1b to the NHS, £13.3m in obesity medication and £352m to social care every year.


The events are aimed at officers and politicians within boroughs who have the potential to influence and implement a change in policy and practice.

You could be from the following departments: Public health,  Environmental Health,  Planning,  Leisure Services,  Community Safety,  Economic Development,  Regeneration, Children’s Services,  Active Travel,  Transport,  Education


  • An outline plan or idea for how you will turn new knowledge into action in your borough
  • Materials to cascade information, insights and ideas with your colleagues and partners
  • Tools and resources to enable implementation of good practice
  • Package of shared audience insights
  • Case studies of real solutions to common challenges

Event schedule

The event series schedule includes four different half-day events with multiple sessions for each event. There will also be a final event where all attendees are invited to share examples of how teams have put knowledge into practice and ideas for further action.

The event topics are:

  1. Introduction to systems thinking and framing the childhood obesity issue to make it ‘everyone’s business’
  2. Understanding and working with cultural insights and social norms across different ethnic communities
  3. Adapting the environment to encourage and enable increased physical activity
  4. Enabling a healthier food offer with good business at a local level

How to register

Fill in the booking form and email it to Barbara at iPiP: