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North East Obesity Forum Meeting - Barriers to Health Lifestyle 

18th October, 2017 - Newcastle University

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Programme and speakers

Joel Halligan, PhD Student. “No more Sunday dinners: Welfare 'reform' and food insecurity in Northeast England”

Dr Susanna Mills, Public health specialty registrar and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow. "Home cooking: Barrier or facilitator of a healthy lifestyle?"

Scott Lloyd, Health Improvement Commissioning Lead, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and

Andy Daly-Smith (via video), Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Behavioural Science, Leeds Beckett University

‘Pilot evaluation of a curriculum based pedometer programme in primary schools’


The North East Obesity Forum (NEOF) aims to promote contact between members of all organisations in the North East of England that have an interest in any aspect of obesity and its health and social consequences. Through such interaction NEOF aims to support research into the causes and prevention of obesity, and to promote action to reduce its burden. NEOF is a network of the Association for the Study of Obesity. It holds two meetings annually, bringing together national and regional perspectives. Attendance at these meeting is open to anyone with an interest in obesity, and may be of particular interest to researchers, clinicians, health services, local authority, public health, commissioners of obesity services, and academics.

The NEOF multidisciplinary committee includes:

Twitter account @NE_ObesityForum


Previous Meetings

Tackling the food swamp from a community, third sector and council approach

April 2017 - Newcastle University

Meeting Report    Programme Flyer

Speaker Presentations

Community First Elswick - A group of local people that live, work or just have a passion for improving health and social issues in the West End of Newcastle. "Citizen leadership in improving the health of our community"

Steph Downey - #NoMcDondaldsKenton: Rule 6 Group. "Never forget, David did beat Goliath!"

Jamie Sadler - Food Nation managing director. "Developing the Food Newcastle Partnership"

Craig Blundred - Consultant in Public Health Newcastle City Council. "A council approach to food and obesity in Newcastle"

Weight Loss Surgery

October 2016 - Gateshead Civic Centre

View the Meeting report and abstracts

Dr Yitka Graham - Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sunderland and Researcher in the Department of General Surgery at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust who will discuss Post-surgical experiences of weight loss surgery, what research tells us

Mr Peter Small - Consultant Surgeon, Directorate of General Surgery, Sunderland Royal Hospital who will discuss What can Weight Loss Surgery achieve and why are Referral Guidelines not followed?

Prof Roy Taylor - Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, MR Centre, Newcastle University who will discuss What can Weight Loss Surgery do to diabetes and other conditions?

Maureen Boyle - Senior Specialist Dietitian (Bariatric Surgery) at NHS, Sunderland Royal Hospital who will discuss Dietary issues for Weight Loss Surgery patients before and after surgery


Debate: 'We need a sugar tax, NOW'

April 2016 - Newcastle University

Please read the report and find the presentations below.

We need a Sugar Tax Now! Dr Vicki McGowan - Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Health and Social Care Institute, Teesside University.

We need a Sugar Tax Now! Dr Shelina VisramLecturer in Public Policy and Health - School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University.

We don't need a Sugar Tax Now! Peter WrightEnvironmental Health and Trading Standards Manager - Gateshead Metropolitan Council.

We don't need a Sugar Tax Now! Ali Barnes - Research Associate (Dietitian) - Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University


Is fast-food the fast track to obesity?

October 2015 - Teeside University

This meeting was attended by 25 delegates with 3 presenting speakers. Please find below the presentations and report.


Obesity and Mental Health

April 2015 - Newcastle University.

This meeting was attended by 40 delegates with 4 presenting speakers. Please see there presentations below.



Paediatric Obesity Revisited

October 2014 - Teesside University.

Other Contacts


NEOF-report-April-2014 Download