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Tuesday, November 3 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Controlling the Global Obesity Epidemic: From Science to Policy

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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world. Obesity is also rising rapidly in developing countries. The major drivers of obesity include dramatic changes in diet and lifestyle, unprecedented pace of urbanization, and genetic susceptibility in certain populations. Although globalization has improved quality of life for many individuals, it has also created access to low-cost foods that are low in nutritional value and high in energy, increased the consumption of such processed and convenience foods and sugar sweetened beverages and decreased physical activity levels. Effective strategies to address obesity on a global scale are likely to require sustained population-wide interventions and evidence-based policies. Population-based approaches should focus on three aspects: education, regulations, and financial incentives/disincentives. Sustained public health campaigns in combination with policy changes are needed to shift socio-cultural norms around food, influence eating behaviors, and ultimately, help curb the growing global obesity epidemic.

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Frank Hu, MD, PhD

Professor, Harvard University
Dr. Frank Hu is Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hu is Co-director of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention at Harvard. He also serves as... Read More →

Tuesday November 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:15pm PST
Track 1 East/Center Ballroom

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