Melbourne to host major international obesity conference

Victoria has secured the International Congress on Obesity (ICO) for 2022, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The ICO 2022 will bring together over 1500 global leaders across the fields of science, medicine, research and policy together to showcase the latest research on all aspects of obesity.

The announcement follows the federal government’s commitment to reducing the nation’s obesity levels with the establishment on an Expert Steering Committee to help progress the government’s 10-year National Preventative Health Strategy.

The latest data shows the proportion of Australians who are overweight or obese continues to climb with two thirds of adults now overweight or obese and almost one quarter of children aged 5-17 years overweight or obese.

“This congress will allow us to showcase Melbourne’s obesity research hubs, the city’s commitment to healthy lifestyles, its vibrancy and all that it has to offer, including its parks, recreation and strong food culture,” said Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society president Jane Martin.

The bid was secured by the Melbourne Convention Bureau in partnership with leading scientific organisation – Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society and with support from the Victorian State Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program.