Toybox Symposium

Toybox-study final symposium:The future of research on childhood obesity 

What do we know about interventions to prevent child obesity?
What more do we need to know?

Friday 11th April 2014

Brussels, Belgium


The International Association for the Study of Obesity (soon to be World Obesity Federation) is hosting a one-day meeting between researchers, research funders, policy officials and NGOs to examine the next steps in child obesity research in Europe.

The symposium will report the final results of the ToyBox-study, which aims to build and evaluate a cost-effective kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention scheme to prevent obesity for preschool children. Practical implications of these results will be presented. We will also hear the results from a number of other EU projects and future proposals from those who have been involved. Key research funding organisations will be asked to present their priorities for the future with regards to tackling childhood obesity, while representatives from influential European NGOs will be asked to describe the gaps in policy based evidence.

The gaps and priorities in childhood obesity research that are presented will be discussed with the participants and will inform a briefing paper/call to action which will be published by IASO/World Obesity Federation after the event. 


Obesity researchers; political decision-makers; health NGO representatives; obesity, nutrition and physical activity policy advocates; 


The symposium will focus on childhood obesity, specifically:

Results and implications of a selection of EU interventions 

Policy & evidence gaps

Future research priorities 

The new EU Child Obesity Framework



9.00 Register, coffee

9.30 Welcome

Chair: Tim Lobstein, World Obesity Federation (formerly International Association for the Study of Obesity)


9.35-11.05 Five EU research projects 

Each project: What we found (10m), what we propose next (5m) 

EARNEST - Berthold Koletzko 

EPODE - Jean-Michel Borys

IDEFICS/i-family – Iris Pigeot

HabEat – Sylvie Issanchou

COSI – Representative from WHO Europe


Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


11.05 - 11.30 Coffee break and sedentary breaking exercise 


11.30 – 12.15 Toybox Project

Yannis Manios

Lieven Annemans 

Luis Moreno 


Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


12.15 – 1.00 Panel discussion of findings and research gaps in child obesity


1.00-2.00 Lunch break and sedentary breaking exercise


2.00-2.30  The EU Child Obesity Framework for Action: Implications for research

Artur Furtado, European Commission 

2.30-3.00 Research funders’ observations and priorities

DG Research – Theodora Mouratidou

DG SANCO – Speaker TBC

DG Agriculture – Speaker TBC


Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


3.00-3.40  Gaps in policy based evidence - observations from health and professional bodies


European Heart Network – Susanne Logstup

European Association for the Study of Obesity – Tommy Visscher

International Diabetes Federation – Europe – Speaker TBC


Followed by 10minutes of questions for the panel


3.40-4.00 General questions and discussion

4.00 Close of meeting

More information:

VENUE (link through to location map)



Please note that it is free to attend but that places are limited 50 places available and registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Unfortunately we cannot cover any travel costs associated with attending. You can download a registration form here


For more information about the event or IASO please contact Hannah Brinsden 

For details about ToyBox-study please contact the Project Coordinator Yannis Mannios