Sessions across the four-day congress underlined the urgency to step
up prevention efforts and address the behavioural, socio-cultural, and
environmental factors that drive obesity and related non-communicable
diseases, in addition to more individual-based approaches used by
healthcare professionals or people with obesity.
workshop, Rethinking Obesity Prevention in the 21st Century,
kicked off dialogue amongst delegates with a strong call to action
that resonates well with Cities Changing Diabetes ambitions: “Modern
public health strategies must integrate new insights about the complex
causes and impacts of obesity, including our understanding about the
interaction between psychosocial and biological determinants of
health, and develop obesity prevention and health promotion programmes
that are practical, feasible, equitable and measurable”.
There was strong consensus among attendees, with more than 100
participants, speakers and experts agreeing that – despite all the
complexities and past failures – a renewed effort must be made to
develop, implement and expand cross-sector prevention programmes.