Western New York Docs Get the Skinny on Fat

Obesity Symposium to Unveil Latest Research and Treatment for Obesity

September 03, 2002

Low-fat or no-carb diet? Strict diet and exercise or just exercise alone? "The Obesity Epidemic: Current Findings and Practical Approaches" regional seminar hopes to provide answers to these questions to better equip physicians and other healthcare professionals with the tools and practical strategies that they need to effectively treat overweight people. The symposium will be held Sept. 26 and 27 at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, and is open to physicians, dietitians, nurses and other healthcare professionals from throughout upstate New York. Today, the nation is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, with 61 percent of adults and 14 percent of adolescents across the country now overweight. Monroe County echoes these national statistics, with 35 percent of adults being overweight and 23 percent of adults being obese, according to a survey conducted in 2000/2001 by the Monroe County Health Department. Nellie Wixom, director of the University of Rochester School of Nursing Nutrition/Weight Management Center, says the two-day symposium provides a unique opportunity for physicians, health professionals, and community leaders to learn about the latest research findings and clinical approaches in the treatment of obesity in adults and children. "Right now, there is so much conflicting literature on the best ways to treat overweight and obese people that it is imperative that we definitively present to area healthcare professionals what the best research tells us," Wixom said. "As the risks of obesity and its related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are further understood, all healthcare professionals will need to shift into a proactive approach in treating this epidemic by using family, community and environmental interventions." Faculty from the University of Rochester Schools of Nursing and Medicine & Dentistry, and several nationally prominent speakers will highlight successful methods for the identification, evaluation and treatment of obesity in adults and children, including useful behavior and physical activity strategies, and successful family interventions. The current popular diets and nutrition approaches will also be reviewed for efficacy. "The Obesity Epidemic: Current Findings and Practical Approaches" is a collaborative effort between the University of Rochester School of Nursing Nutrition/Weight Management Center and the School of Medicine & Dentistry, and is supported by Project Believe, HealthACTION, and the Leadership Education in Adolescent Medicine. Brochures are available through the Nutrition/Weight Management Center at 585/275-1630.

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