Apr 27 2015

Global Obesity Epidemic: Implications for Low-Income Countries

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Past Event

Overview

From industrialized nations to emerging economies, worldwide obesity in adults has more than doubled since 1980, with nearly 40% of adults overweight, 13% obese, and an estimated 42 million children under 5 years overweight or obese.  From a global health perspective, Dr. El-Sadr presented on current contexts, projected trends and health consequences of the obesity and overweight epidemic.  An expert panel -- including Richard Deckelbaum, MD, CM, FRCP (C), Columbia’s Institute of Human Nutrition; Sally Findley, PhD, Departments of Population and Family Health and Sociomedical Sciences, MSPH; and Elle Alexander, Vitality Institute -- shared a range of insights including the  implications of the overweight/obesity epidemic on children in low income countries; possible models of care for engaging communities and primary health care systems to address both under-nutrition and over-nutrition in low income countries, and the corporate sector’s response to addressing the epidemic.

Speakers

  • Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, Co-Director, GHI-CGPI Seminar Series; University Professor, Columbia University; Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Director, ICAP and Director, GHI, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Richard Deckelbaum, MD, CM, FRCP (C), Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University; Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 
  • Sally Findley, PhD, Professor, Population and Family Health & Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Elle Alexander, Research & Development Manager, Vitality Institute