In this sixth episode, the discussion focuses on the issue of childhood obesity in Europe, trends of liver disease among children and the impact of unhealthy food marketing directed to children. National governments face significant difficulties in regulating multinational corporations in the advertising area related to children health. What measures should governments take to protect children and what are the barriers?




Shira Zelber-Sagi

Prof. Zelber-Sagi is a clinical dietitian, epidemiologist and a researcher in nutritional epidemiology. She holds a BSc in nutrition sciences at the Hebrew University and a PhD in epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Currently, Prof Zelber-Sagi is the Head of School of Public Health, University of Haifa. She also works as a clinical dietitian at the liver Unit of the Tel-Aviv hospital. She is a member of the “National Committee for Nutrition, Gastroenterology and Liver Disease” and Head of the “Gastroenterology and Hepatology Nutrition forum” on behalf of The Israeli Nutrition Association. She is also a member of UEG’s Public Affairs Committee and former member of the EASL’s Policy and Public Health Committee. Her research deals mainly with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) epidemiology, prevention and treatment.

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Finland. She is a member of the National Coalition Party, part of the European People's Party. She has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2008, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2014. She is member of the MEP Friends of the Liver group. Pietikäinen has an MBA degree from Helsinki School of Economics. She has received The Knight Commander's Order of the White Rose of Finland (1993).