Tackling Obesity in Children and Adolescents - Prof Louise Baur - 21/10/19


From: Monday October 21, 2019, 6:30 pm

To: Monday October 21, 2019, 8:30 pm

Louise Baur is the Professor and Head of Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. She is also a senior paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she provides clinical services for children and adolescents with severe obesity. Louise is internationally recognised for her research on various aspects of child and adolescent obesity, including its prevention and management. Louise is a Founding Fellow and Member of Council of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, Australia’s newest learned academy. In 2010 Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine and to the community.

Tackling obesity in children and adolescents

The World Health Organisation describes obesity as “one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected –public health problems” and goes on to comment that “an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity... is taking over many parts of the world”. How true are these comments? Is it really affecting children and young people, as well as adults in Australia? If so, what can be done to tackle what appears to be a “wicked problem”?

What role does personal responsibility play in turning it around versus how much do we need to look beyond to broader changes in our society and food and physical activity environments?


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