National Plans on Obesity – From Policy to Practice
6 May 2022 | 13:30 – 15:00 CEST
Following the categorisation of obesity as a chronic disease by the European Commission in 2021, the MEP Interest Group on Obesity and Health System Resilience organised a hybrid Study Trip in Belgium, France, Denmark, Italy and Spain in February 2022. The main objective was to investigate what key components should be included in an EU level Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Framework for Obesity as a Chronic Disease.
More than 100 key stakeholders took part in the process that formed the basis of the Joint Declaration between the MEP interest group, National Policy Makers and Stakeholders. The declaration was launched at a virtual European Parliament event, on World Obesity Day Europe.
As a follow-up, the MEP Interest group is organising a discussion at the European Conference on Obesity in Maastricht to discuss the development and implementation of national obesity plans with a focus on how these national plans will fit into the wider European and international context.
Pernille Weiss MEP (EPP-DK)
Chair of MEP Interest Group on Obesity & Health System Resilience
MEP Pernille Weiss, is a politician from the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and a member of the European People’s Party, (EPP). Ms. Weiss holds a seat in the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) and is a substitute in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) as well as in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM).
She is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of a healthcare and architectural consultancy and serves as a board member to the business association of the European People’s Party (SME Europe) since 2019. She is an acknowledged Nordic expert in architecture and health and is passionate about the impact of the built environment on complex institutions.
Ms Weiss is a qualified nurse who later went on to specialise in forensic nursing. She holds two masters degrees; one in Health from the University of South Denmark and one in Leadership and Innovation from Copenhagen Business School.
EU Policy Lead at European Association for the Study of Obesity
Ms Jacqueline Bowman-Busato is EU Policy Lead at EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity) in Brussels. She has worked in the Brussels environment since 1996 towards transforming health ecosystems from policy to reality. A pioneer of multi-stakeholder coalition building for societal impact, Jacqueline has previously worked for an MEP, ran the expert secretariat of a European Parliamentarian Interest Group, headed up the Brussels office of a global NGO, transformed a patient-led platform into an equally-weighted multi-stakeholder think tank for patients, science and industry.
She strongly believes in empowering all actors to be effective and engaged in optimising health ecosystems for health outcomes relevant to all actors across sectors through evidence-based policies.
She lives with two major complex chronic diseases of autoimmune hashimotos and obesity: both of which affect physical and mental health and wellbeing. Jacqueline holds degrees in English Law, French Law, Strategic Communications and an MBA. She’s a Guyanese born dual British-Belgian national, speaks fluent French and has a very good passive understanding of Dutch.