Symposium tackles child health, behavioral change and physical activity in obesity


The 16th Plymouth Symposium on Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome will take place on Thursday 7th July at the Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital.

With a line-up of nationally and internationally-respected presenters, the event is 'must attend' for those interested in child health, behavioural change and physical activity in relation to obesity.

Professor Adrian Taylor from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry will present on behavioural change strategies and how they can prevent and manage obesity throughout a lifetime.

Professor Russ Jago from the University of Bristol will speak about ways to increase children's activity at the end of the school day, while Dr. Maria Bryant from the University of Leeds will focus on ways to prevent obesity from the very earliest years of a child's life.

Dr. Brad Metcalf from the University of Exeter will present on physical activity and sport and obesity, and Professor Jackie Andrade from Plymouth University will explore how robots and psychology might solve the problem of weight management.

Dr. Joanne Hosking from Plymouth University will describe the biological mechanisms at work in the early stages of obesity and diabetes.

Advances in the drug treatment of obesity and diabetes will be discussed by Professor Jonathan Pinkney. Professor Glenn Matfin from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust will present on how diabetes is medically managed in patients who are obese and insulin-resistant.

The symposium is organised by Professor Jonathan Pinkney. He said: "The past year has seen an immense amount of debate, discussion and media coverage around obesity. From sugar taxes to the relative merits of different fats in our diets, children's exercise and new links between obesity and other diseases, as a topic obesity never loses interest and remains an issue for health care systems around the world. Our symposium goes some way to bringing great minds and discussion together to explore any number of ways to deal with the problem."

Places at the symposium are available by visiting or emailing Kerry Godley-McAvoy at [email protected]


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