84658 - The National Obesity Forum 2017
The National Obesity Forum is a succinct evening seminar that will be addressing the prevalent epidemic of obesity in Australia. The seminar will cover obesity in children and families, weight loss challenges that are unique to women, peripartum obesity and how to manage obesity 'beyond lifestyle modification'. The event will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane across different dates. A live webcast will also be available on those 3 dates for health professionals interstate and in remote areas to access. Webcast audience will be able to participate in the seminar by asking the speakers questions and engage in live polling during the event.Relevance to General Practice
Obesity is highly relevant to both general practice and the community as excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers (1). Obesity is the second highest contributor to burden of disease and further to this in 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese which is an increase since 1995 (56.3%) and even more worrying is that around 27.4% of children aged 5 -17 years old were overweight or obese (2). A pilot study led by Dr Liz Sturgiss from the ANU Medical school found that GPs were well placed on the health frontline to help patients manage their weight, but they did not have the confidence to do so effectively (3).
1. AIHW (2017) - http://www.aihw.gov.au/overweight-and-obesity/
2. ABS (2016) - http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001
3. ANU (2016) - http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/gps-can-and-must-do-more-to-tackle-obesity-crisis