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  • Health & Social Care

Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2017
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:15
  • Overview

To further the emphasis on public health matters, Open Forum Events are pleased to introduce the Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation conference.
This conference aims to promote greater understanding of the prevalence of obesity and explore some of the measures that can provide positive solutions.

Increasing levels of Obesity not only adversely affects current population health but will impact on the risks for future generations and according to the Chief Medical Officer tackling obesity should be made a national priority.

The latest figures published reveal that 58% of women and 65% of men were overweight or obese in 2014, with an increased prevalence of 26% as compared to 15% in 1993. Childhood obesity is also a major cause for concern with more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 classified as obese or overweight. Children from poorer backgrounds and twice as likely to be obese than children living in less deprived circumstances. The latest predictions in regard to future levels of obesity in the UK have been revised upwards, stating that by 2030 it is estimated that 74% of men and 64% of women in the UK will be overweight. It is thought that within the next decade obesity will overtake smoking as the greatest cause of cancer.

NHS England spends around £16 billion a year on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese; over £2bn more than is spent on fire and police services. The cost to individuals, society and the wider economy is much greater.

Join us at Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation where all the evidence will be reviewed, digested and discussed. A line-up of expert speakers will highlight the main issues in prevalence rates, causes and possible solutions. The efficacy of the very latest initiatives and an insight as to what more can be done will be debated and opinions shared. The conference offers delegates the optimum platform for knowledge sharing, interactive conversation and peer networking.

In 2010 the UK was classed as the ‘fat man’ of Europe, topping the league table out of 20 European Union nations and having one of the world’s fastest obesity growth rates. Official figures published in October 2016 show that the UK has now moved down the league to 5th position behind Malta, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia. On the surface this looks like an improvement, however, it asks the question has the UK really improved or has it just been overtaken?

There are many theories as to why people are overweight. The most obvious cause is overeating and physical inactivity, however, other factors, such as genetics, culture, behaviour and environment can all play a part. Socio-economic and geographical factors are also known to have a direct link to obesity levels, creating significant inequalities. For example, children from low-income families are more likely to have a predilection for being obese, as are people from Northern England.

Obesity affects health and wellbeing on a monumental scale. Being overweight increases risk significantly of developing illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and osteoarthritis. A decline in quality of life and mental health are also consequences of carrying excess weight. Life expectancy is reduced for people who are moderately obese by an average of three years, however, for those who are morbidly obese it is eight to ten years.

There are many initiatives across local authorities, the NHS, education and public, third sector and private partners in the battle against obesity. The Change4Life programme, NHS Health Checks, improved food and drink labelling, recommended levels of physical activity and nutritional intake plus, the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the child measurement programme, to name just a few, are pivotal in stabilising rates. Most recently the Childhood Obesity Strategy gave emphasis to increased physical activity in schools and a voluntary scheme with manufacturers to reduce the levels of sugar in products that are popular amongst children. The aim is to reduce sugar levels by 20% in the next five years. In addition, the Government’s tax on sugary drinks will come into force by 2018 with the revenue raised going towards sport in schools. Primary schools are tasked with ensuring pupils embark on 60 minutes of exercise a day and a new voluntary “healthy schools rating scheme” will be taken into account during school inspections.

Encouraging a diet of behaviour change to choose a healthier lifestyle is key to reducing the nation’s waistlines, however, direct measures to combat obesity are also are a part of the solution, including offering drug treatments, bariatric surgery and weight loss programmes as part of the NHS budget.

Join us at Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation for all the latest news, views and opinions as we look in depth at the growing issue of obesity. How can the trend towards obesity be halted and how important is it to stop the increasing acceptance that being overweight is the ‘norm’?

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Hear about the current state of obesity in the UK today
  • Discover what the ambitions are for future outcomes
  • Gain an insight into the very latest thinking that is driving strategy
  • Hear what the costs and consequences are of an overweight nation
  • Discuss and debate which programmes are having a positive impact
  • What are the major causes and drivers that lead to obesity?
  • What can be done to encourage behaviour change?
  • Learn from examples of innovative initiatives that are positively contributing to supporting prevention
    and population health
  • Explore how will the war on sugar impact
  • Listen to a synopsis as to what interventions are needed to deal with Childhood Obesity
  • Engage with experts in obesity and its related risks
  • Gain an understanding of the crisis in levels of Type II Diabetes
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current issues practices and those for the
    future
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits

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  • Event Programme

08:30am

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25am

Chair’s Opening Address

Dr Amanda Avery, Assistant professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nottingham (confirmed)
"Welcome and Introduction"
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Keynote Address

Jamie Blackshaw, Team Leader, Obesity and Healthy Weight, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England (confirmed)
"Counting the Costs of Obesity"

Obesity has overarching impacts affecting all of society with a disproportionate impact on children and families from the deprived areas. At a personal level obesity can have huge impacts on an individual’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. The resulting cost in pounds (£) is a significant amount out of the public purse. What is PHE’s role in supporting local and national action to reconcile the situation?

09:50am
Robin Ireland, Director of Research, Food Active (confirmed)
"Evidence Based Policies to Tackle Obesity"

Preventing obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life and supporting policy-making to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.

10:10am
Dr Becca Beeken, Senior Research Psychologist, University College London (confirmed)
"Inspiring Behavioural Change"

Supporting people to improve their health choices and behaviours can prevent and reduce levels of obesity. Understanding which strategies are effective in promoting behaviour change can be instrumental in developing successful interventions and better outcomes.

10:30am

Question and Answer Session

10:45am

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:30am
Dean Horridge, CEO, Fit For Sport (confirmed)
"Engage the Disengaged"

This presentation will focus on the imbalance between the effort that is put into kids that are already very sporty compared to those children that are not invested in sports/exercise and are in danger of being overlooked and excluded.

11:50am
Sharon Egan, Responsibility Deal Policy Lead, Department of Health (confirmed)
"Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Early Intervention"

Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Overweight and obese children usually go on to become obese adults and will be exposed to the adverse consequences. Once established, obesity is notoriously difficult to treat, so prevention and early intervention are very important.

12:10pm
Alice Ferguson, Director, Playing Out (confirmed)
"A Modern Street Play Revival"

Playing Out began in Bristol in 2009 as a resident-led creative intervention enabling children to play out freely on their own street. In response to interest from across the UK, Playing Out CIC now exists to support the growth of a national grassroots movement for street play.

12:30pm
"Obesity: An Eating Disorder"

"Eat Think Change” is a group treatment programme developed by the weight management service and commenced in
2015. It is a new, innovative disordered eating group delivered in conjunction with a specialist dietitian. This group begins to address the treatment gap for patients with an eating disorder related to their obesity.

12:50pm

Question and Answer Session

13:15pm

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:15pm

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:20pm
Professor Gareth Stratton, Professor of Paediatric Exercise Science, Swansea University (confirmed)
"Fitness to Fatness and Back Again"

This presentation will outline data collected in the SportsLinx and Swanlinx projects in Liverpool and Swansea and will share information about changes in fitness and fatness over time. The “back again section” will also focus on Liverpool and Swansea work and will seek to share where interventions have been implemented to try to increase physical activity.

14:40pm
Charlotte Evans, Lecturer in Nutritional Epidemiology, Leeds University (confirmed)
"Curbing the Nation’s Sweet Tooth"

The latest diet and nutrition figures confirm that we still consume far more sugar than is good for us which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

15:00pm

Question and Answer Session

15:15pm

Afternoon Break

15:30pm
Laurie Eyles, Team Lead, NHS Lothian Weight Management Service (confirmed)
"Diabetes Prevention and Weight Management"

Avoiding weight gain and managing overweight and obesity are critical in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The development and delivery of evidence based, sustainable and targeted interventions for diabetes prevention is required, so how do we make this happen in challenging financial times? An overview of the work we are doing in NHS Lothian to create extended pathways of weight management bringing together health, social care and third party sectors focusing on local, community based interventions.

15:50pm
Kylie Murrell, Staff Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Supporting Healthy Weight in the Workplace"

Obesity is one of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s priorities for staff wellbeing. Building on previous programmes, the Trust is developing and implementing a range of initiatives that aim to strike a balance between prevention and treatment.

16:10pm

Question and Answer Session

16:25pm

Chair’s Closing Remarks

16:30pm

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