The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club over 27-28 September.
The substantial health burden attributable to obesity in Australia and around the globe is well recognised. In addition, there is a huge economic burden that is borne by all members of society including individuals, businesses and governments. Given other health care needs, the resources available to invest in obesity prevention will always be limited. The complex and systemic nature of the determinants of obesity mean that there are numerous and varied policies, programs and interventions that could be implemented to address the problem of obesity.
However, decision makers will need to make choices related to the interventions they invest in. Economics uses different tools to provide the information required by decision makers to make these choices. Economics can be used to describe the size of the problem of overweight and obesity, predict the benefits associated with addressing the epidemic and evaluate the value for money of the different options to address the problem. Examples will be drawn from a range of intervention studies to illustrate how economic evaluation informs policymakers about the relative merits of different options designed to reduce obesity prevalence.
Professor Marj Moodie is the current Head of Deakin Health Economics at Deakin University. In her role as a health economist, Marj’s research is focussed on economic evaluation and priority setting, primarily in the field of obesity, non-communicable diseases and stroke.
She has conducted the economic evaluation of a wide range of preventive interventions for obesity, including several large community-based obesity prevention projects based in Victoria, Australia and the Pacific. She has been a leading player in the successful ACE (Assessing Cost-Effectiveness) priority setting studies around obesity, both in Australia and the United States of America. Professor Moodie supervises a team of researchers and PhD students working on the economics of obesity, and also coordinates the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference and to register your place please visit eatingdisordersaustralia.org.au