Obesity & Health

National Conference on Obesity and Health

A multidisciplinary Conference on the management of obesity

1st National Conference

19th – 20th March 2007 Manchester Conference Centre

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Final Programme

Obesity and Health Introduction

At the time of writing with over two years on from the UK’s Department of Health’s publication “Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier”; the understanding of the increasing rise in the overweight and obese population in the UK and Europe has greatly improved and from this numerous strategies and networks are being developed at all levels within the various statutory and community sectors to reduce the prevalence of an obese population.

In December 2006, the UK, National Institue for Clinical Excellence published its guidelines on Obesity: the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children, and this will be discussed at length during the Conference.

Nationally in the UK, there are Public Service Agreements targetted to“halt the year on year rise in obesity among children under 11 years by 2010 in the context of a broader strategy to tackle obesity in the population as a whole”. From this overall target there are additional national and local targets being developed.

Obesity and the treatment of obesity are challenging public health issues and by nature are multi- factorial since the dimensions of the issues are societal and environmental and both have individual and behavioural aspects.

Over the last two years, numerous organisations have concluded that it is necessary to develop a co-ordinated approach and work with partners in both medical and community sectors with strategy from primary, secondary and tertiary health providers as well as partners in local government and education.

The Aims of the Conference.

The aim of this Conference is to help professionals who are involved in obesity to identify what the best solutions are currently considered to be and what best visions and strategic developments are likely to work in the future.

I am very grateful to the six charities, five academic institutions, eleven NHS Trusts and PCTs and four corporations contributing to this programme.

This year's programme offers a range of interventions for Community and Primary Care professionals to help prevent overweight and obese children and young people; describes weight management programmes for children and young people through to protocols promoting the importance of maintaining a healthy weight throughout various life stages.

The programme will also offer guidance on how to create partnerships and navigate care pathways which allow patients to be referred to and supported by the most appropriate services for their needs, and will look at community-wide programmes for adults as well as hospital- based programmes.

We know that the Obesity and Health Conference is relevant because it has been so warmly welcomed by those working in the prevention and management of obesity. I have had an excellent response from advisors, speakers and delegates to this year’s conference and we very much hope that you will join us in Manchester for this important meeting in 2007. Please send your contact details to me via the ‘Contacts’ page.

Peter Mainprice
Conference Director

2006 Obesity and Health Conference

The 2006 Obesity and Health Conference was another success scoring a satisfaction score of 8.2/10. Many organisations and professionals contributed to the cross- sectoral approach to the management of obesity with presentations given by representatives from the Child Growth Foundation, British Dietetic Association, Early Bird Study, Association for the Study of Obesity, MEND™, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda USA, International Relations for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Washington, USA, Men’s Health Forum, The Obesity Awareness & Solutions Trust and various Universities. The programme provided much debate, motivation and networking for those who attended. Many of the Speaker Abstracts and Presentations are now published on this site and can be downloaded here.

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