Monday, November 18th, 2013 - Obesity Australia

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Obesity Australia is a not-for-profit health promotion organisation convening this second Obesity Summit.

Contact pre Summit and at Summit for interviews: Graeme Willingham 0414 499 887 [email protected]

Summit overview/issues/aims interview: Obesity Australia chair, Prof John Funder 0419 891 451

The issue: Over the past three decades in Australia the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased more than three-fold. Today, a quarter of our adult population is obese, and another 40% overweight. Obesity is a serious, chronic, relapsing disease, with a constellation of associated disorders – diabetes, cardiovascular and renal disease, cancer, sleep apnoea and narcolepsy, depression and reproductive difficulties. These represent a massive cost issue in terms of health and productivity.

Aims: To reach agreement on a process to develop a 10 year plan for Obesity in Australia at a personal and national (government) level.
 
SESSION 1: Introduction (Prof John W. Funder AO, Obesity Australia), An obesity apocalypse: can it be averted? (Prof Paul Zimmet AO, Baker IDI), Obesity: Science, policy and politics (Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, Liggins Institute, Auckland, NZ), Obesity, BMI and population burden: Does the tail wag the dog? (Prof Emily Banks, Australian National University).

SESSION 2: OBESITY AND THE 4 YEARS BEFORE A CHILD’S 3RD BIRTHDAY -- Role of parents in obesity – beyond DNA (Prof Margaret Morris, University of New South Wales), Early life approaches to obesity prevention (Prof Jodie Dodd, University of Adelaide), Gut microbiome; from early life to obesity (A/Prof Andrew Holmes, University of Sydney), The Healthy Beginnings trial – intervention in early life to prevent childhood obesity (Prof Louise Baur AM, University of Sydney).

SESSION 3: OBESITY PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION IN CHILDREN -- A SmartStart for Kids – Healthy Eating Exercise & Living Program (HEELP) (Robert de Castella MBE, SmartStart for Kids), Project Energize: Translation into practice (Prof Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology), OPAL – a shining light in community-based obesity prevention for children (Mark Williams, South Australia Health), Managing childhood obesity in primary and secondary care: Let’s stop doing what doesn’t work to find out what does (Prof Melissa Wake, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute).

SESSION 4: TREATMENT OF CHRONIC, RELAPSING, SEVERE OBESITY -- Fat city – A physicians experience (Dr Karen Hitchcock, Alfred Hospital/Monthly Magazine), Trends, challenges and opportunities: An economic perspective on tackling the rise in obesity in Australia (Prof Philip Clarke, University of Melbourne), The psychological aspects of chronic obesity (A/Prof Susan Byrne, University of Western Australia), Bariatric surgery and its role in treating the chronic relapsing disease of obesity (A/Prof Wendy Brown, Monash University).

SESSION 5: REGULATION AS A MEANS TO AN END
Healthy lifestyles – can you legislate them? (Kate Carnell AO, Beyond Blue), Evidence that fiscal and legislative changes can have an impact on obesity (Dr Gary Sacks, Deakin University), Policy action in obesity prevention (Jane Martin, Obesity Policy Coalition), The role of regulation from the food industry perspective (Gary Dawson, Australian Food & Grocery Council).

SESSION 6: WHAT OTHER SOLUTIONS SHOULD WE CONSIDER?
Evidence for solutions and Solutions for evidence (Prof Elizabeth Waters, University of Melbourne), Creating healthy built environments (A/Prof Susan Thompson, University of New South Wales), Health – The customers voice (Dale Preston, Coles), Addressing Indigenous and remote obesity: [email protected] and other proposed solutions (Dr Julie Brimblecombe, Menzies School of Health Research).

SESSION 7: WORKING WITH GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY TO GET ACTION
How to win friends and influence people; Indigenous eye health as a case study (Prof Hugh R. Taylor AC, University of Melbourne), GPs and obesity – a difficult prescription (Julie Howden, Weight Watchers), How Australia can reverse the obesity epidemic (Harold Mitchell AC, Harold Mitchell Foundation).
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P: 0414 499 887
W: www.obesityaustralia.org

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