Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Deakin’s Global Obesity Centre reconfirmed as world-leading research centre by WHO

Deakin’s Global Obesity Centre reconfirmed as world-leading research centre by WHO
June 8, 2020

Deakin's Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) has had its status as a world-leading research centre on obesity prevention reconfirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

GLOBE has been re-designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for the fifth consecutive time, marking more than 20 years of international research collaboration for the Centre that is at the forefront in helping men, women and children lead healthier, happier lives.

GLOBE Director, Professor Steven Allender noted that the renewed status, confirmed this week, made GLOBE the longest serving WHOCC in the area of obesity prevention world-wide.

Allender advised "research undertaken by GLOBE included analyses of the most effective and value-for-money policies for addressing obesity, interventions in supermarkets and other food retail settings, monitoring of obesity and related risk factors, and community-based interventions.”

Based in Deakin’s Institute for Health Transformation (IHT), GLOBE has more than 30 active projects worldwide.

IHT Director, Professor Anna Peeters said guidance developed by the Centre was used globally on a daily basis adding "this re-designation is recognition of GLOBE's ongoing international impact through innovative research and empowering communities to create healthier environments to prevent diet-related disease.”

Professor Allender said unhealthy diets and obesity were the biggest contributors to ill health in Australia.

Professor Allender  also highlighted that "we know that two-thirds of Australian adults and more than one-quarter of children are overweight or obese increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

"The cost of this ill health to the Australian economy alone is estimated to be $50billion a year.

"Our research across Australia and particularly in Geelong and regional Victoria has increased our understanding of how a community response can drive the change needed to improve health outcomes.

'Over the past two decades we have seen a widespread shift in food policy in schools, sports and recreation centres and among community groups that reflects this community response.

"But there is still the need for strong government leadership on recommended actions such as a tax on sugary drinks, better food labelling and restrictions on junk food marketing to children.”

There are currently more than 800 WHO Collaborating Centres in over 80 Member States. With its fifth WHOCC designation, GLOBE’s status is now renewed until April 2024.

Related Articles

19th May 2020 - New report highlights the impact of obesity on Western Australian health system

11th November 2019 - Northern Territory first to participate in National Obesity Strategy Consultation

10th September 2019 - YMCA South Australia moves to combat childhood obesity

24th July 2019 - ExerciseNZ calls for action on New Zealand’s obesity epidemic and physical inactivity crisis

17th May 2019 - Cultural approaches to activity the key to tackling obesity for women

21st April 2019 - Queensland Government to end junk food advertising in bid to address rising obesity

28th May 2020 - Deakin University research shows Health star label misleading to consumers

12th December 2018 - Deakin University launch first report that ranks Australian obesity policies on value for money

18th October 2018 - Obesity Summit focuses on five-year plan for early intervention and weight management in Western Australia

11th October 2018 - World Obesity Day looks to end weight stigma

9th March 2018 - Sweet drinks key to childhood obesity gap between rich and poor

3rd March 2018 - VicHealth calls for Australia’s supermarkets to take action on obesity

1st March 2018 - New Report says supermarkets must do more in fight against obesity

26th March 2017 - NZREPs asks if a Sugar Tax is the Best Solution to Obesity?

23rd November 2016 - Grattan Institute report says sugar tax could halt growing obesity rates

11th November 2016 - Australian Sports Commission says sport and education key to tackling obesity

5th April 2016 - Report says Australia is losing the war on obesity and alcohol

25th February 2016 - New industry qualification to combat obesity

10th October 2015 - Rise in obesity hits United Nations goals on diet-related diseases

27th April 2015 - Childhood obesity study emphasises importance of exercise for young and old

21st December 2014 - Obesity shortens lifespans by ‘up to eight years’

15th December 2012 - Obesity killing three times as many as malnutrition

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology


Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Solar Pool Heating & Swimming Pool Covers since 1974. Sunbather offer an Australian made product which undergoes continual development to enable you to trust in the Sunbather brand. We deliver a…

read more

Aquatics / Venues


Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology


The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business