boyd swinburn at Lifestyle Medicine 2018

Professor Boyd Swinburn at Lifestyle Medicine 2018


The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is proud to be a member of the recently formed Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA); an umbrella organisation comprising of 25 health groups and 55 health professors committed to reducing harm from tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy food. Currently, unhealthy diets, high BMI, tobacco, and alcohol contribute about one third of the overall preventable health loss in New Zealand.

We were very fortunate to be joined by Professor Boyd Swinburne, HCA Interim Chair, in August at Lifestyle Medicine 2018, and are delighted to now share with you his insightful presentation, ‘Systems thinking for obesity: From the individual to global’, from the Saturday morning Plenary.

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Prof Boyd Swinburn

Prof Boyd Swinburn, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM

Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).

He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative ( to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally.

He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally. More

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