Managing child and adolescent overweight and obesity: early nutrition-focused intervention for lifelong benefit

Nutrition seminar
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
13:00 - 14:00, Library meeting room


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Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, M.D., P.D.
President-Elect, European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)
Head of the global Obesity Program, University Hospitals of Geneva

Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, is a paediatrician specialized in childhood obesity, sports medicine and exercise science, and global health policy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). She contributes to the development of national programmes, strategies and policy changes in Switzerland and in the world. She has been recently nominated as an external evaluator for the Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity (JANPA) of the European Union.

Dr Farpour-Lambert is the chair member of the Childhood Obesity Working Group of the Swiss Paediatric Society and a Scientific Advisor for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and the Federal Office of Sports. She contributes to the development of national programmes, strategies and policy changes in Switzerland and in Europe. Her research interests comprise the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases associated with childhood obesity; exercise and family-based behavioural interventions; and education of health professionals.


At 2014, 41 million children under five in the world were overweight, approximately 10 million more than two decades earlier. Global child overweight prevalence has increased between 1990 and 2014, from 4.8% to 6.1%. This alarming rise is occurring across all income groups and in all regions.

Dr. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert will provide an overview of the epidemiology and drivers of child and adolescent overweight and obesity, thereafter focusing on the advances and evidence in the management of childhood overweight and obesity, with a focus on clinically-prescribed, nutrition interventions.

Particular interest will be paid to family and home-based interventions, as well as the challenges of stigma in healthcare professionals.


Dr. Alessandro Demaio
Medical Officer (Noncommunicable Conditions and Nutrition)
Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (EPG/NHD)