Prof. Carl-Erik Flodmark, MD, Ph D has been treating childhood obesity since 1986 and presented his thesis on this subject in 1993. A regional Childhood Obesity Unit was started as a project in 2001. In 2004 the Unit became an official tertiary referral centre for the Skåne Region and since 2006 its responsibilities increased to cover the South of Sweden. From 2002 until 2004 he was the President of the National Swedish Family Therapy Association. Currently he is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity and an Associated Editor of Obesity Facts. He has developed a new treatment model for childhood obesity using solution focused brief therapy and structural family therapy. He has been the founding President of SPOC (Scandinavian Pediatric Obesity Conference), which organised the pediatric satellite meeting at the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm in 2010. He is also a board member and from 2012 until 2016 the President of the Swedish Association for the study of Obesity and a board member of the Pediatric Obesity Association of the Swedish Medical Association since 2015. Since 2015 he is working as a medical officer at the National Board of Health and Welfare but still continuing obesity research at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö. In 2016 he was co-chair of the program organizing committee of European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr. Tim Lobstein Director of Policy, World Obesity Federation, London (UK)
Adjunct Professor, Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Curtin University, Perth (Australia)
Can we prevent obesity? Obesity prevalence continues at a high level in most developed economies and is rising strongly in emerging middle-income countries. This rise in obesity prevalence shows strong links to the exposure of populations to mass-marketed foods and beverages and the use of motorised transport. The continuing rise in the numbers of people suffering severe and morbid obesity is especially worrying. The costs of treating the consequences of obesity (heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, cancer) will be substantial, and although the costs of treating obesity itself may be less than the costs of treating the consequences, we need to find another way. The prevention of obesity is essential but clearly we are not doing very well – no country in Europe has successfully and sustainably reduced their obesity prevalence. The need to prevent people becoming obese is widely accepted, but there are major social and commercial barriers to be overcome. What steps can we take to overcome these barriers and create a truly health-promoting society?
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, is Mayo Professor and Division Head in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Her research is aimed at understanding and preventing a broad spectrum of eating and weight-related problems including poor dietary intake, eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors, body dissatisfaction and obesity. She has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for both epidemiologic and intervention studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and various other organizations. Her research has been recognized with awards from the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the Eating Disorders Coalition. She has published over 450 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a book for parents of adolescents entitled: “I’m, like, SO, fat!” Helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight-obsessed world. Current research interests include investigating the potential for the practice of yoga as a tool to address eating disorders and relevant risk factors. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer is a certified yoga instructor, has taught therapeutic yoga to individuals with eating disorders, and is studying the impact of yoga on body image and weight status.