What's going wrong? The increasing problems of obesity and metabolic disease, the connection between cancer and obesity, and what we can do about it.
The Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention (APOP) report from the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has just released new figures about obesity - and it is not happy news.
"Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity's effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic."
The IOM reports that, in the United States alone, obesity-related chronic disease and disability cost $190.2 billion to treat.
In conjunction with the CDC and the NIH, HBO's 'Weight of a Nation'¥ aims to tackle the consequences, choices, challenges and effects of obesity on children in a four-part film series to be broadcast on May 14th and 15th.
BioMed Central's conference Metabolism, Diet and Disease, at The Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, Washington DC from 29-31 May 2012, will be addressing the latest developments in the scientific understanding of obesity, cancer, diabetes and related metabolic disorders.
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'Metabolism, Diet and Disease' is supported by 15 of our journals including BMC Biology, BMC Medicine and our new journal Cancer & Metabolism.
The conference will discuss how research into the biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics of metabolism can address these major health problems and explore how this knowledge may also be used to understand ageing and longevity.
The session 'Dietary factors in metabolic disease', chaired by Gary Taubes (science journalist and best-selling author of 'The Diet Delusion'), will look at the controversial hypothesis that sugar is toxic, and the effects of low-carbohydrate diets on metabolic syndrome.
Other sessions include:
The biological basis of metabolic disease
The specialized metabolism of the cancer cell
The epigenetics of metabolism and ageing
Linking diabetes and cancer
Adipogenesis and insulin resistance
There will also be a panel discussion reviewing 'The connection between cancer and obesity, and what we can do about it'.
Registration for the conference is still open. Details of the conference program and information on how to register can be found at the conference website (http://www.metabolism-diet-and-disease.com/).