North West Network Meeting in association with N8 AgriFood

Food Poverty, Mental Health and Obesity:

Understanding the interplay to tackle health inequalities

May 10, 2018  - Liverpool


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9.30       Registration

9.50       Welcome and Introduction  - Dr Charlotte Hardman and Dr Louise Thompson, ASO North West regional co-ordinators.

10.00     Dr Charlotte Hardman, Lecturer in Appetite and Obesity, University of Liverpool

Socio-economic disadvantage and obesity: Do stress and eating behaviours play a role?

10.30     Lucy Antal, Sustainable Food Adviser, The Food Domain & Project Manager, Regional Food Economy NW

The bigger picture Addressing issues of fresh food access.

11.00     Refreshments and networking

11.30     Ben Pearson, Empowerment Programme Officer, Food Power

Exploring the role of empowerment in tackling food poverty: How can the experts with lived experience of food poverty, mental health and obesity have influence?

12.00     Robbie Davison, Director, Can Cook

Good Food Areas – How to stop food poverty.

12.30     Networking Lunch

13.00     Meeting Close



‘Obesity management: A selection of stakeholder viewpoints’. ASO North West Regional Group, Liverpool, 12th May 2016.

Details of the presentations and speakers can be found in the ASO North West Network Meeting Programme.

The slides from each of the talks can be viewed below.

Speaker Presentations

How might a psychological perspective enhance the work of weight management and bariatric services? - Ruth Carson, Consultant Lead Psychotherapist, Head of Eating Disorders Service, Mersey Care NHS Trust.

My journey: Weight management from a patient perspective - Ken Clare, EASO Patient Council, founder of Weight Loss website

Dietary guidance for medical and surgical weight management - Fiona Chan, Weight Management Dietician, Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust.

Physical activity in weight loss - Dr Juliet McGrattan, GP, PHE Clinical Champion for Physical Activity in the North West and resident GP for Women's Running UK magazine.


‘Obesity in the North West: Current challenges and future priorities’. ASO North West Regional Group together with Food Active, Liverpool, 4th December 2015.

Details of the presentations and speakers can be found in the ASO North West Network Meeting Programme.

The slides from each of the talks can be viewed below, along with links to the videos shown by speakers where relevant.

Speaker Presentations

Why we need a sugary drinks duty; using economic levers to change behaviour - Dr Brendan Collins

Exploring GP experiences of identification and management of childhood obesity - Dr Donna Sager

Caffeinated energy drinks: A growing problem? Young people and energy drinks in Lancashire - Samantha Beetham
Online resources from Lancashire County Council, including the 'Rethink your Drink' performance poetry film shown at the meeting, can be accessed here: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco - Online Learning Portal

Soda wars - Robin Ireland
The GULP video, premiered at the meeting, can be seen here.

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