Obesity Prevention

Innovative obesity prevention research that empowers people and enables healthier environments.

As a global leader in population-level obesity prevention research, we have teams working across the world to advance action to effectively and equitably reduce the prevalence of obesity. Our researchers and our methodological applications are drawn from multiple disciplines, including nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology, political science, health economics and artificial intelligence and work to:

  • Conduct innovative population-level research on obesity prevention
  • Advocate for evidence-based population health and obesity prevention policy
  • Strengthen the skills of communities, professionals and academics in the science of obesity prevention through the life-course

A designated World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) is based in Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development in the Faculty of Health. GLOBE is a founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and was previously part of the longstanding and successful Centre for Population Health Research.

With two in three Australians living with overweight or obesity, GLOBE was formed to catalyse improvements in population health, with a focus on obesity, through innovative research that empowers people and enables healthier environments. Established in 2003, GLOBE was the first of over 800 World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centres worldwide, and is one of the few to focus on obesity prevention and provide expert advice to WHO and its member states.

GLOBE has strong links to governments, other research groups and a diverse range of collaborators nationally and internationally. Among its many achievements is a world first demonstration of successful community-based obesity prevention and becoming a world leader in whole-of system approaches for the prevention of obesity.

GLOBE is a founding partner of the Obesity Policy Coalition and has co-led two National Health and Medical Research Council Centres of Research Excellence. It is also home to two current NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence: the Obesity Policy and Food Systems CRE and the CRE in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH).

GLOBE works across eight streams of research activity:

  • Policies for healthy food environments
  • Equity in food policy
  • Supermarkets and other food retail settings
  • Economics of obesity
  • Community-based systems intervention
  • Global obesity
  • Obesity and risk factor monitoring

We work collaboratively with a range of local, national and international partners to create and advocate for change for obesity prevention. We also work closely with policy makers and communities to empower and enable change towards healthier environments, including schools, supermarkets, sporting clubs, workplaces and hospitals.

We collaborate with a wide range of partners at international, national, regional and local levels, including national and international universities, State and Federal Government departments, health organisations (both government and non-government funded), and other organisations. We pride ourselves on establishing and sustaining these relationships so our research is responsive to identified community need, and can be translated and implemented to inform policy and health service provision and resource allocation.

About

As a global leader in population-level obesity prevention research, we have teams working across the world to advance action to effectively and equitably reduce the prevalence of obesity. Our researchers and our methodological applications are drawn from multiple disciplines, including nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology, political science, health economics and artificial intelligence and work to:

  • Conduct innovative population-level research on obesity prevention
  • Advocate for evidence-based population health and obesity prevention policy
  • Strengthen the skills of communities, professionals and academics in the science of obesity prevention through the life-course

Our story

A designated World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) is based in Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development in the Faculty of Health. GLOBE is a founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and was previously part of the longstanding and successful Centre for Population Health Research.

With two in three Australians living with overweight or obesity, GLOBE was formed to catalyse improvements in population health, with a focus on obesity, through innovative research that empowers people and enables healthier environments. Established in 2003, GLOBE was the first of over 800 World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centres worldwide, and is one of the few to focus on obesity prevention and provide expert advice to WHO and its member states.

GLOBE has strong links to governments, other research groups and a diverse range of collaborators nationally and internationally. Among its many achievements is a world first demonstration of successful community-based obesity prevention and becoming a world leader in whole-of system approaches for the prevention of obesity.

GLOBE is a founding partner of the Obesity Policy Coalition and has co-led two National Health and Medical Research Council Centres of Research Excellence. It is also home to two current NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence: the Obesity Policy and Food Systems CRE and the CRE in Food Retail Environments for Health (RE-FRESH).

What we do

GLOBE works across eight streams of research activity:

  • Policies for healthy food environments
  • Equity in food policy
  • Supermarkets and other food retail settings
  • Economics of obesity
  • Community-based systems intervention
  • Global obesity
  • Obesity and risk factor monitoring

We work collaboratively with a range of local, national and international partners to create and advocate for change for obesity prevention. We also work closely with policy makers and communities to empower and enable change towards healthier environments, including schools, supermarkets, sporting clubs, workplaces and hospitals.

Our partnerships

We collaborate with a wide range of partners at international, national, regional and local levels, including national and international universities, State and Federal Government departments, health organisations (both government and non-government funded), and other organisations. We pride ourselves on establishing and sustaining these relationships so our research is responsive to identified community need, and can be translated and implemented to inform policy and health service provision and resource allocation.