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Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation
Wed 19 April 2017, 08:30 – 16:15 BST
To further the emphasis on public health matters, Open Forum Events are pleased to introduce the Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation conference.
This conference aims to promote greater understanding of the prevalence of obesity and explore some of the measures that can provide positive solutions.
Increasing levels of Obesity not only adversely affects current population health but will impact on the risks for future generations and according to the Chief Medical Officer tackling obesity should be made a national priority.
The latest figures published reveal that 58% of women and 65% of men were overweight or obese in 2014, with an increased prevalence of 26% as compared to 15% in 1993. Childhood obesity is also a major cause for concern with more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 classified as obese or overweight. Children from poorer backgrounds and twice as likely to be obese than children living in less deprived circumstances. The latest predictions in regard to future levels of obesity in the UK have been revised upwards, stating that by 2030 it is estimated that 74% of men and 64% of women in the UK will be overweight. It is thought that within the next decade obesity will overtake smoking as the greatest cause of cancer.
NHS England spends around £16 billion a year on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese; over £2bn more than is spent on fire and police services. The cost to individuals, society and the wider economy is much greater.
Join us at Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation where all the evidence will be reviewed, digested and discussed. A line-up of expert speakers will highlight the main issues in prevalence rates, causes and possible solutions. The efficacy of the very latest initiatives and an insight as to what more can be done will be debated and opinions shared. The conference offers delegates the optimum platform for knowledge sharing, interactive conversation and peer networking.