Obesity at the World Health Summit


At the World Health Summit in Berlin, a session on the topic of obesity will take place on October 22nd at 2:30 PM. Renowned scientists will discuss the challenge of how to prevent an “overweight generation”. Obesity is a major risk factor of diabetes mellitus and other common diseases.

Under the title “The Obesity Challenge – How to Prevent an Overweight Generation” scientists will discuss obesity (adiposity, overweight) as one of the major health challenges. This session will be led by Professor Günther Wess, CEO and President of Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, and Dr. Sabine Kleinert, Senior Executive Editor of the prestigious journal The Lancet.

The topics and speakers will be:
Prof. Klim McPherson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom: Current Data and Forecasts for Obesity in Different Countries
Prof. Hans Hauner, Else-Kröner-Fresenius Center for Nutritional Medicine of TU München, Germany: Obesity as a Precursor to Widespread Diseases – Medical and Social Aspects
Prof. Shiriki Kumanyika, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA: Diet and the Obesity Pandemic – the Reality
Dr. Charlotte Cole, Senior Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop, USA: The Message, the Media and the Muppet Show: Promoting Healthy Behavior with the Sesame Street Method

Further information:
World Health Summit 2012
October 21 – 24, 2012
in the Langenbeck-Virchow Building, Luisenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin, Germany

High-ranking participants from about 90 countries have registered to participate in the fourth World Health Summit in Berlin – including a number of representatives of health policy. 
Together they will discuss solutions to the most pressing challenges in global health care. Program details, references and CVs of many speakers are available online: