Keynote Speaker: David B. Allison (University of Alabama at Birmingham)Presented by Binghamton University, SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines, the Binghamton Biomedical Research Group, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, and the New York Academy of Sciences
Reported by Alan Dove | Posted June 26, 2012
On April 27 – 28, 2012, a diverse group of researchers, physicians, teachers, and other professionals at the front lines of the childhood obesity epidemic met in Binghamton, NY to discuss this alarming public health problem at New Thoughts About Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, a conference organized by the Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement. Researchers have found that the complications of obesity and overweight, which include type 2 diabetes as well as circulatory and respiratory diseases, stem largely from a chronic inflammatory state induced by excess body fat. Unfortunately, simple measures such as dieting and exercise are extremely difficult for most patients to implement, and even determining who needs to lose weight and exactly how much can be hard.
After a debunking of some common myths and legends about obesity, conference attendees heard from a series of speakers who covered the numerous facets of excess childhood weight gain. Far from being an individual problem, childhood obesity occurs in the context of a social landscape awash in high-calorie, low-nutrition food, especially for poor populations. Other speakers described several possible solutions, ranging from weight-loss surgery to improved physical education programs.
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Presentations available from:
David B. Allison, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Mandana Arabi, MD, PhD (The New York Academy of Sciences)
Lauren Hale, PhD (Stony Brook University)
Kathleen A. Hallinan, MD (Guthrie Medical Center)
Janine Jurkowski, PhD (University at Albany, State University of New York)
Henry S. Kahn, MD (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta)
John G. Kral, MD, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
David Levitsky, PhD (Cornell University)
Christine M. Olson, PhD (Cornell University)
Kathleen M. Rasmussen, ScD (Cornell University)
Jesse Roth, MD (Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Hofstra North Shore–LIJ School of Medicine)
Susan Terwilliger, EdD (Binghamton University)
Panel discussion featuring local service providers
This conference is sponsored by the Conversations in the Disciplines Program of the State University of New York.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Universal Hospital Services
Broome County Health Department
Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center (CSERC)