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.
- 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