Today, our world is home to the largest generation of youth in the history of humanity: individuals under the age of 24 accounts for about 40% of the global population, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. As highlighted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, youth voices are undeniably central to support the development of healthy, safe, and sustainable living environments. Unfortunately, childhood and adolescent obesity have been growing exponentially with no signs of slowing down: by 2030, 254 million children could be living with obesity. True and lasting effects to positively impact youth health, including overweight and obesity, will not only need to include young people’s input, perspective, and suggestions: the initiative and leadership of young people themselves needs to be part of the answer. However, are we listening to what youth have to say?
The World Café will showcase how the CO-CREATE project is involving youth as genuine project partners to identify the drivers of obesity and obesity-related policies that hold promise in building a healthier future. The CO-CREATE dialogue forum tool will be used to convene youth and stakeholders to discuss meaningful youth engagement and inclusion.
This event has received support from two projects receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grants agreement No 774210 and 774548, the European Union’s Health Programme and the Joint Programming Initiative.