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Obesity is a women’s health issue; the prevalence of obesity is higher in women than men and excess abnormal body fat drives risk for more than 200 diseases, some specific to women. Importantly, obesity impacts fertility and impairs healthy childbearing. Further, obesity and its metabolic changes during pregnancy can increase risk of their children developing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and carrying increased risk into adulthood. Thus, obesity can be a transgenerational disease.
Women also play a role in creating a healthy family culture in creating a healthy food and physical activity environment for children and other family members. The prevalence of childhood obesity is rising in many countries with ominous health implications.
It is imperative that policy makers and health care providers address obesity prevention and treatment as a continuum. This conference will highlight the problems of obesity in women and children with an emphasis on the regional prevalence and impact, along with up-to-date approaches to obesity management.
The objective of the event is to provide education to health care providers of the Gulf region regarding the health and social implications of obesity in women.
- Discuss the potential for reversal of type 2 diabetes with medical or surgical management.
Healthcare professionals working in clinical practice including: dieticians, nutritionists, diabetes nurses/educators, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, general practitioners, obesity medicine, exercise physiologists, specialists, internal medicine physicians and other specialists treating obesity related diseases.
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Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Noor Al Busaidi, Conference Chair (Oman)
Women and Children First: Addressing Obesity as a Pathway to a Better Health
/ President, World Obesity Federation
/ Minister of Health, Oman
/ United States of America Ambassador to Oman
/ World Health Organisation representative
/ President, Gulf Obesity Surgery Society
/ Patient Representative