07 November 2016

Obesity in Focus at Diabetes Professional Care

Obesity is set to take centre stage at this year’s Diabetes Professional Care, with industry experts presenting the very latest thinking on the subject as part of its new dedicated Obesity in Practice area. The two-day, free-to-attend, 7 stream CPD accredited show will also host an obesity led discussion and will feature some of the most innovative obesity focused technologies and solutions on the market.
Toby Baker, Event Director at Diabetes Professional Care, comments: “The UK is currently ranked as having the highest levels of obesity in Europe, with more than 1 in 4 adults being classified as obese. Over the next 20 years, the number of obese adults in the UK is forecast to soar to around 26 million people, which will cause millions more cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is a subject that needs to be addressed and quickly. We hope that our dedicated Obesity in Practice zone, educational conference streams, practical workshops and cutting-edge suppliers, provide the perfect platform from which we can all learn and share knowledge in order to help combat this devastating condition.”   
New for 2016, Obesity in Practice is a specialist area at Diabetes Professional Care, dedicated to the entire obesity spectrum. Industry leading speakers will be taking to the stage to discuss the most relevant and current hot topics, including the NHS’ five-year plan, hydration, bariatric surgery, the obesity crisis and the effect obesity has on diabetes.
Chairing the presentations within the Obesity in Practice zone and delivering its welcome presentation will be Tam Fry, spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum, Expert Advisory Team Member with Action On Sugar and Patron of the Child Growth Foundation.
Those wanting to know more about the NHS’ plans to counteract the obesity problem, will not want to miss the talk titled ‘The NHS’ Five Year Forward View’. The talk will detail a marked shift in focus towards diabetes and obesity prevention. Plus, it will also discuss the latest obesity guidelines and outline Central Government Funding.
One proposed response to the obesity crisis is bariatric surgery. Dimitri Pournaras, Clinical Fellow in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery at Musgrave Park Hospital will look at why the NHS should do more bariatric surgery and detail just how much we should be doing.
Medical experts and campaigners criticised the Government’s recent childhood obesity strategy, calling it weak and embarrassing, and accused policymakers of throwing away the best chance to tackle the culture of unhealthy eating that is crippling the NHS. With this in mind Jenny Rosborough, Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and Campaign Manager at Action on Sugar, will analyse what role the government and the food and drink industry play in tackling obesity.
Research suggests that water could be the secret weapon in the fight against the obesity, with statistics finding obese people and those with higher body mass indexes are more likely to be inadequately hydrated. Professor Tom Sanders, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Kings College London will follow up this theme during his presentation titled: ‘Obesity and Hydration – am I hungry or am I thirsty?’
Carolyn Pallister, Dietitian & Public Health Manager at Slimming World will explore the role the commercial sector plays in supporting weight management in patients and in reducing health risks. Whilst, Andrew Shanahan, Journalist, Entrepreneur & Director of Man v Fat, will detail ‘MAN v FAT Football - Can The Beautiful Game Solve The Obesity Crisis?’.
In addition to the Obesity in Practice zone, the show will also host The Live Debate, an interactive discussion, which will see several leading authorities examine the hot topic of: ‘Food for Thought - What Should a Diabetes Patient Eat?’ Taking place on day two of the show, the panel will include: Dr Trudi Deakin, Chief Executive at X-PERT Health, Dr Ian Lake, GP and PWD Type 1 and Arjun Panesar, CEO at Acting as facilitator and chairing the debate will be Dr Mike Sadler and John Grummit, Vice President at International Diabetes Federation.
The panel will be fielding questions from the audience and challenging each other on all things obesity orientated, covering everything from government nutritional guidance and surgery through to how much onus should be placed on the patient. 

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