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2011-11-14

Childhood Obesity - Causes, Prevention and Treatment (interactive discussion)

We hear about it all the time: there is a growing childhood obesity epidemic in North America. But, did you know that 1/4 of preschool children in Newfoundland  and Labrador are overweight or obese? Or that 80% overweight adolescents grow up to be obese adults?  

Obesity is not just a problem later in life - obese children are at risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, breathing problems, joint and bone pain, as well as many other health issues while they are still young. Heartbreakingly, they are at a greater risk of social (i.e.: discrimination, ridicule, bullying) and psychological problems (poor self esteem, depression, etc.). These issues can continue later in life, or develop into heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers (Basics About Childhood Obesity, cdc.gov).

Now, we all do our best to ensure our children eat healthy and stay active. That is why I wanted to draw your attention to an event this coming weekend. It will be an opportunity learn from some of MUN's top researchers in the field of childhood obesity in an informal and interactive session. Several doctors will share their knowledge in an interdisciplinary conversation on the roots of childhood obesity, methods of prevention and possible treatments. The event will take place at the Fluvarium, and while everyone is welcome, seating is limited, so head over to the Facebook page to reserve a seat (or email mcwhelan@mun.ca).

"Childhood obesity: causes, prevention and treatment"

Sunday Nov. 20 
2-4 PM
Suncor Energy Fluvarium
RSVP: mcwhelan@mun.ca

One quarter of preschool children in Newfoundland & Labrador are overweight or obese, a condition associated with a variety of health issues including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased incidence of asthma and type 2 diabetes.

Join three experts from Memorial University for an interactive discussion on the roots of childhood obesity, methods of prevention and possible treatments. Refreshments will be served.

Experts:

Dr. Guang Sun
Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Laurie Twells
Associate Professor
Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy

Dr. Antony Card
Director
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

Moderator:

Dr. Ray Gosine
Associate Vice President (Research)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

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