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Corinna Hawkes appointed Vice-Chair of Child Obesity Taskforce for London

Mayor Sadiq Khan praises Professor Hawkes as one of world’s leading obesity academics

by Ed Grover

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Professor Corinna Hawkes as Vice-Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce.

Professor Hawkes will work with children's welfare campaigner and founder of Ella’s Kitchen Paul Lindley, who has been appointed Chair of the taskforce. The academic is Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City and Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report.

The new taskforce will launch later this year, with a mission to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity across the capital.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented on the appointment:

I’m excited to welcome Corinna Hawkes to the taskforce as Vice-Chair. As one of the world’s leading academics on obesity, she will be an invaluable asset to the team.

Reducing child obesity

The Mayor aims to significantly reduce this unacceptable level of child obesity significantly in London by 2028. He also aims to tackle the stark differences between different individual boroughs in the city.

Nearly 40 per cent of children aged 10 and 11 in London are classed as overweight or obese, while adults in London have higher rates of obesity than comparable global cities such as New York, Sydney, Paris and Madrid.

Professor Hawkes said:

I’m honoured to be working with Paul as part of this taskforce. With the skills and commitment we have in London, we have a great opportunity to effect real change. I’m determined to see London emerge as a world leader in addressing obesity among children and young people.

A city-wide partnership

Paul Lindley and Professor Hawkes will work with the members of the Child Obesity Taskforce to devise a programme of work to improve the health of young Londoners and transform the way in which children and families live healthier lives.

The group is being set up as a city-wide partnership, in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, who have backed the project with £90,000 of support over two years.

Paul Lindley said:

I’ve asked Professor Corinna Hawkes to join me in this challenge and have appointed her as Vice Chair. Her outstanding and world-leading academic experience and knowledge of London is exactly what we’ll need to make sure this taskforce is as impactful as we all want it to be.

In addition to her roles with City and the Global Nutrition Report, Professor Hawkes is also Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Food Systems of the World Economic Forum, Chair of the Food Research Collaboration, and Co-Investigator on the UK government-funded Obesity Policy Research Unit. She routinely presents to world leaders such as those at Davos and the G20 and is also a member of the London Food Board.

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