#FoodActive2022 Conference hub

The #FoodActive2022 Conference Hub

On Thursday 10th November 2022, we held our virtual annual conference – this year to consider the sustained challenges presented by recovery from Covid-19, the cost-of-living crisis and how these impact on child healthy weight.

‘Prioritising child healthy weight in an age of crises’ welcomed just under 400 delegates and speakers, representing local authority public health, communications and 0-19 services teams, NHS colleagues, students, community and voluntary organisations, campaign groups and more to discuss how we can prioritise child healthy weight during an age of crises. To view the full agenda and find out more about our speakers, follow this link.

As part of the conference, we also launched a range of resources for delegates and wider audiences to support the topic and discussions at #FoodActive2022 within their own teams and roles, including a cost-of-living and healthy weight briefing paper, Healthy Weight Declaration briefing in the context of the cost-of-living crisis and finally, a health disparities and healthy weight position statement. These can be found later down this page.

This hub contains a recording of the conference, and a list of the presentations featured as part of the agenda. If you would like to access a copy of any of our speaker’s presentations, please email info@foodactive.org.uk.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our fantastic line up of speakers, panelists and chair for supporting the event.


A range of useful resources are being launched in relation to the theme of the #FoodActive2022 conference. These include:

Cost of Living and Healthy Weight Briefing Paper

This paper provides an overview of the latest evidence relating to the current economic crisis and implications on healthy weight, summary of the national policy context and responses and ends with a series of recommendations for national and local government.

Healthy Weight Declaration cost-of-living briefing

This briefing aims to discuss the importance and relevance of the Healthy Weight Declaration during the current cost of living crisis and how the declaration can help to drive down inequalities. To find out more about the Healthy Weight Declaration, visit this link.

Health disparities and healthy weight position statement

This position statement provides a rapid review of the evidence on health disparities and healthy weight, policy context and outlines our position and what we can do to support this important agenda.


‘Let them eat 3 cakes for the price of 2: should good health be a luxury for the wealthier, amid a cost of living crisis?’

Katharine Jenner, Director, Obesity Health Alliance

‘Covid-19: the impact on child healthy weight’

Dr Oliver Mytton, Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, University College London and Consultant in Public Health at Milton Keynes Council

‘Food politics and policies: ideologies and think thanks’

Professor Martin Caraher, Emeritus Professor of Food and Health Policy, City, University of London

‘The cost of living crisis and child health’

Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation

‘Good Food for All’

Dr Naomi Maynard, Good Food Programme Director, Feeding Liverpool

‘Hearing from young people’

Nika Pajda, Senior Policy and Special Projects Manager, Bite Back 2030 and a recording from their youth board

‘How are we getting on with these “whole systems” approaches?’

Dr James Nobles, Senior Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University

‘Cancer and excess weight: a whole systems approach’

Jon Hayes, Managing Director, Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance

‘Commercial determinants of health – fighting back locally’

Dr Robin Ireland, Director of Research, Food Active

‘What surrounds us shapes us: how to talk about child health’

Alice Jennings, Senior Communications Strategist, Frameworks Institute


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