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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Obesity and other related conditions Event

08:30 - 17:00
27 February 2013
Manchester Conference Centre Manchester UK

For more information regarding this event, please telephone 0161 831 7111 .

Event details

Tackling an epidemic

Britain has the highest rate of obesity in Europe. A quarter of women (24%) and just over a fifth of men (22%) in the UK are now classed as obese. Obesity is associated with health problems that include Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The resulting NHS costs attributable to overweight and obesity are projected to reach £9.7bn by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9bn per year (Foresight 2007). These factors combine to make the prevention of obesity a major public health challenge.

At Obesity and Related Conditions: Tackling an Epidemic we will be exploring what action can be taken to combat raising obesity levels and our expert programme of speakers will be examining what really works. The agenda will debate the key issues associated with individual behaviour, government legislation, food production and labelling, physical activity, childhood obesity and medical and financial interventions. A new approach is needed to help to tackle the causes and consequences of excess weight and help support individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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