The Live Debate

Thursday 15 November 2018, 14:30–15:30, Theatre 1

The Live Debate

Preventing childhood obesity – whose responsibility?
Policymakers, professionals, family environments or technology?

The Diabetes Professional Care 2018 Live Debate will focus on the vital issue of childhood obesity and the worrying increase in the number of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

A recent survey found nearly half of those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are under 35. Responding to these findings, DPC founder Maggie Meer said: “We already know type 2 diabetes is associated with poor lifestyle and can be avoided through a combination of diet, exercise and education but, sadly, it seems the younger generation have missed out on being told these vital health tips.”

These figures showed an “urgent need” to target younger people, said Maggie, with education about weight, health and exercise starting a lot earlier.

Our panel of leading healthcare professionals and policymakers will present their views on these key issues from four different angles:

  1. Policy: Advertising, food labelling, food content regulation: Rt Hon. Keith Vaz MP, Chair of APPG Diabetes
  2. Family Environment: Dr Max Davie, Health Promotion Officer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  3. Healthcare Professionals: Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Diabetes Paediatrician, Leeds Children’s Hospital
  4. Technology, Digital Health & Social Media: Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospital Southampton

DPC presents a unique forum for the Live Debate, by ensuring the broad range of healthcare professionals with responsibility for people at risk from diabetes, obesity and their related conditions are able to have their say. So we invite you to join our panel of esteemed speakers, to share your views and expertise with other delegates.

DPC2018 will also address this important topic outside the Live Debate, with sessions throughout the 2-day programme – including our dedicated Paediatric to Adolescent and Crossover Care and Diabetes Prevention & Obesity in Practice conference streams.

DPC2018 Live Debate speakers

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