The 2017 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over 7-8 August.
The conference will focus on the specific issues of eating disorders and obesity, the co-relationship within the context of mental health, the challenges surrounding public health in our current and future population and the role of physical health in maintaining our positive wellbeing.
Joining us at the conference this August as a Keynote Speaker is Professor Andrew P Hills DipT BEd PhD FASMF AEP, Professor of Sports and Exercise Science, University of Tasmania. Andrew joins us to discuss ‘Prevention of childhood obesity: shining a lens on the early childhood years’.
Early childhood is a critical period for the establishment of healthy eating and activity behaviours. Better practices fostered during this period are likely to impact body composition and health status across the lifespan. Parents and caregivers play a primary role in shaping eating and activity behaviours through modelling and the food and physical activity environments provided. This presentation overviews the main determinants of childhood obesity and discusses practical solutions to support healthy lifestyle practices and prevent obesity early in life.
Other Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:
- Dr Evan Atlantis, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
- Dr Blair Bowden MBBS, FRACS, General Surgeon specialising in bariatric and general laparoscopic surgery
- Associate Professor Kevin Brooks, Macquarie University
- Dr Vinay Garbharran, MBBCh (Wits), FRANZCP, Cert. Child. Adol. Psych., Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Robina Private Hospital & Dr Kim Hurst, Psychologist, Robina Private Hospital
- Professor Timothy Gill, University of Sydney, Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Research
- Ms Christine Morgan, CEO, The Butterfly Foundation
- A/Prof Matt Sabin, Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity; The Royal Children’s Hospital
- Doctor Evelyn Smith, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Western Sydney University
For more information on the 2017 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference and the various partnership opportunities available please visit the conference website.