Join the DPC2018 Live Debate on preventing childhood obesity

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Visitors to DPC2018 will once again be invited to join in our Live Debate, which this year will focus on the vital issue of preventing childhood obesity.

Four healthcare experts and policymakers will lead the discussion on ‘Preventing childhood obesity – whose responsibility is it? Policymakers, professionals, family environments or technology?’, and delegates will be able to have their say after the speakers have presented their cases.

The speakers sharing their views from four different angles will be:

  • Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of APPG Diabetes – Policy: Advertising, Food Labelling, Food Content Regulation
  • Dr Max Davie, Health Promotion Officer, Royal College of Paediatricand Child Health – Family Environment
  • Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Diabetes Paediatrician, Leeds Children’s Hospital – Healthcare Professionals
  • Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospital Southampton – Technology, Digital Health & Social Media

With new NHS data showing that one in five children are obese by the age of 11 – and a recent survey finding that nearly half of those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are under 35 – there’s an “urgent need” to target younger people, with education about weight, health and exercise starting a lot earlier, says DPC founder Maggie Meer.

“We already know type 2 diabetes is associated with poor lifestyle and can be avoided through a combination of diet, exercise and education,” she says. “But, sadly, it seems the younger generation have missed out on being told these vital health tips.”

Outside the Live Debate, this important topic will be addressed across DPC2018, with sessions throughout the two-day conference programme – including our dedicated Paediatric to Adolescent and Crossover Care and Diabetes Prevention & Obesity in Practice conference streams.

For more information on the Live Debate, visit our website here.

If you haven’t yet registered for your free place at DPC2018 – and your opportunity to have your say at the Live Debate – please register here now.

The Live Debate takes place on Thursday 15 November at 14.30pm.

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