Time of Event

Day One (27 April) 13:30-17:00 Tokyo time
Day Two (28 April) 14:00-17:00 Tokyo time
Day Three (9 May) 14:00-16:45 Tokyo time


Almost half of the adult population in Asia and the Pacific is currently overweight or obese, compared to about one third in 1993, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) estimates that the cost of obesity exceeds 10% of total healthcare expenditure and 0.7% of GDP in the region while threatening public health objectives under the Sustainable Development Goals.

This by-invitation ADBI-WHO workshop for policy makers and experts explored how evidence-informed decision making can support government action to tackle obesity in Asia and the Pacific. It discussed regional and country-level obesity drivers, the implications for health systems and sustainable development, and policy development strategies for promoting wellbeing and prosperity in the region

  • Examine obesity trends and health system and sustainable development impacts in Asia and the Pacific
  • Highlight country lessons on the use and benefits of evidence-informed decision making for policy development
  • Promote associated fiscal policies to promote healthy diets and lifestyles  
Target Participants

Invited policy makers from Asian Development Bank member economies and experts from think tanks, universities, and international organizations

  • Great awareness of obesity challenges in Asia and the Pacific
  • Enhanced understanding of the importance of evidence-informed decision making for addressing obesity
  • Greater impetus for policy dialogue and collaboration to reverse obesity trends and improve public health outcomes

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