New event helps College lead fight against obesity

A conference to equip doctors to effectively address the new challenges of clinical practice due to the growing impact of obesity will be held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on 23 March.

Obesity is linked to a range of health problems, including 13 different types of cancer. Research released today (Monday 26th Feb) by Cancer Research UK has estimated that more than 7 in 10 millennials are set to be overweight or obese by the time they reach middle age.

Seventy percent of Millennials – defined as those born between the early 80s and mid 90s – are estimated by the organisation to be overweight between the ages of 35-44.*

This compares to around 5 in 10 baby boomers – those born between 1945-55 – who were overweight or obese at the same age.

This conference will provide an opportunity for physicians to recognise and know how to manage the range of symptoms and situations that may affect such patients attending their clinics.

Professor Hazel Scott, Vice President (Medical) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Conference Director for this event said:

“Clinicians need new armour for the battle against cancer. As today’s news has highlighted, obesity is the number one cause of cancer after smoking, so understanding obesity and its wider impact on health is key to medical practice in the 21st Century.

“As the clinical impact of obesity becomes increasingly recognised, our conference, “The clinician and the patient with obesity” is an important and timely CPD update for clinicians. By reviewing a number of clinical scenarios that physicians and other clinicians may encounter, it will help them to provide best possible medical care for our patients.”

Topics on the day will include:

  • Obesity and cancer
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Asthma in Obese Arrhythmia and sudden death in the obese
  • Gallstones and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • When to think about bariatrics and complications after this
  • Cough, reflux, bronchiectasis
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Fertility and obesity
  • Maternal risks in obesity
  • Rehabilitation in obesity
  • Supporting weight reduction
*Today’s report by Cancer Research UK can be found on their website.

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