The obesity epidemic – Why is it happening and what can we do about it ?

First event for 2014 – new venue in the reopened Regal Cinema

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The obesity epidemic – Why is it happening and what can we do about it?

There is an Obesity epidemic around the world. But what to do about it? Is it because of sloth, lack of self-discipline and laziness? Will food labelling make a difference? Should ‘junk-food’ advertising be restricted? Do we need community initiatives, such as the current ‘Hunter Health Kick’, or ‘Australia’s Biggest Loser’ for a community? Is modern medicine the cause or a solution? Should we change the way we design our cities? These are the questions that will be addressed in the Newcastle Institute’s first public forum for 2014, with four prominent citizens addressing these questions.

Chad Watson – Editor at the Newcastle Herald, will discuss his own experience with obesity and the Newcastle Herald’s response to the Hunter Health Kick
Costa Karihaloo – Bariatric surgeon, will discuss how bariatric surgery does address obesity, but why it is not the answer to the obesity epidemic.

Professor Clare Collins – International nutrition expert at the University of Newcastle, will discuss her work in empowering a new generation with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy food choices. Part of her world-leading research is based on the knowledge that people crave information and feedback about their own eating habits. Professor Collins developed the  Healthy Eating Quiz – a brief web-based set of questions asking participants how often they eat a variety of healthy foods that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Australians. She also recently launched a novel web app that shows how much of your favourite foods you have earned based on how far you have walked.
Professor Phil Morgan – Physical activity and nutrition expert at the University of Newcastle, will discuss his work in addressing obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles. The world-first Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program is one example of the obesity prevention initiatives Professor Morgan has designed that has been proven to help fathers manage their weight, engage children to eat more healthily, be more active and improve the overall quality of life of families.

7.00pm Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Regal Cinema – Birmingham Gardens

4 Moore Street, Birmingham Gardens NSW 2287




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