Childhood obesity: The challenge of policy development in areas of post-normal science

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Speaker: Sir Peter Gluckman (Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Co-Chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity)

Recently the NZ Government announced a suite of policies aimed at addressing the alarming rise in childhood obesity and in the number of children on the pathway to being obese as adults. The World Health Organization (WHO) also released the report of its Commission on ending Childhood Obesity.

At this seminar held on 11 March 2016 at the University of Auckland, Sir Peter Gluckman discussed both the NZ initiative and the World Health Organisation’s report in light of the complexities arising from different interests and perspectives surrounding obesity. He explored the public policy implications including the problems of normative versus evidential argument, the complexities of separating advocacy from knowledge brokerage in such situations, the science-policy and science-values interfaces and the implications of the NZ initiative for implementation and evaluation.

Download the Childhood Obesity Seminar slides (pdf 2.01 mB)

Click the play button to hear the audio from the seminar.


Supporting Information resources from the World Health Organisation:

Fact sheet on obesity and overweight

Facts and figures on childhood obesity

Superu has also conducted research on the wider economic and social costs of obesity. You can view the research here:


Event date: 
11 March 2016
Event Type: 
Superu events
Last update: 4 Jul 2016