Global Health Forum: A focus on Obesity

Today I’m sitting among a variety of health care professionals from Italy and DC; we’re all together at the Italian Embassy to focus on the epidemic our countries face – Obesity.

Today, we’re diving deeper into the issue! This is more than “supersizing” meals and staring at TV or computer screens. The window for finding a quick-fix is long gone, and all too often we skip right to “treatment”, because Obesity is moving faster than us.

Today we’re looking a scientific approach – how do we prevent unhealthy lifestyles, how to we draw attention to healthy behaviors, and how do the policies in place (or those we have yet to propose) play their role?

I’m listening, learning and hoping for a new, refreshing dose of information!

I’m also marveling at the Italian Embassy and wishing I knew another language.

What does the word “obesity” make you think of? What’s your focus, when it comes to the epidemic at hand?

[Typed from the Blackberry, so please excuse typos, format and the short-winded update!}

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10 responses to “Global Health Forum: A focus on Obesity

  1. i just heard diane finegood speak at the obesity society annual meeting in orlando this month and i really liked what she said & i think it ties into what you described – moving past the “easy” (ok, not easy to fix, but easy to blame) causes of obesity and start looking at how different factors influence each other. obesity is not caused by just 1, 2, or 10 things! it is a changing lifestyle that encompasses the environment, culture, values, beliefs, and so many other things that has gotten us to where we are today.

    meetings like the one you are at now, where experts can all be together and talk about potential solutions that do not focus on just the singular and isolated causes of obesity, are so important!

    i read this paper by diane that i think really changed how i think about obesity in my research (i’m studying childhood obesity for my phd right now…): http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v18/n1s/full/oby2009426a.html

    i’d love to hear more about the discussion today!

  2. That sounds so interesting. I feel like obesity is getting so out of control and it’s really hard to know what to do to get it back UNDER control. I can’t wait to hear more about what you learn today!

  3. I’m so interested/fascinated/invested in this topic! Hope to hear more about your experience…

  4. shauna

    the obesity epidemic and eating disorders. serious thought needs to be given about the best way to address the obesity epidemic without encouraging eating disorders.
    http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/article_eating-disorders-obesity-epidemic.html
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/its-not-just-baby-fat/201101/is-the-campaign-against-juvenile-obesity-responsible-the-increase-

  5. Isn’t there a whole book on why the French aren’t fat? Speaking of foreign embassies.

    Obesity is a word i don’t like, but if it makes someone aware of an issue you have to call it something. Obesity epidemic is frightening.
    Bless you on so many levels for battling childhood obesity..

    • Heather C

      I’m sure there are books on why many cultures aren’t “fat”! Or, at least how they’re faring better than the U.S. right now. We have a lot to learn, fix and focus on!

  6. Several years ago while working on my undergraduate degree, I also got a minor in Health Education. My main topic for almost every paper I wrote had something to do with obesity. There are so many factors big, small and many not quite so obvious that got us to where we are today. A sample: more desk jobs in America, less recess time in schools, more 4 lane highways, less sidewalks, the availability of high calorie low nutrition foods, food deserts, corn subsides. It just goes on and on.

    Now I am back to wishing I had went ahead with my MPH along with my MSW. I can’t wait to hear more from you about this topic

    • Heather C

      The “list” is very long! It’s hard to imagine we’ll get to a place of prevention vs. reaction & treatment, but here’s to hoping that’s not too far off in the future.

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