Atlanta To Host Week-Long Obesity Conference

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  Atlanta has been chosen to host the first Obesity Week Conference, to take place at the Georgia World Congress Center Nov. 11-16.As heard on the radio

More than 4,000 health professionals are expected to attend the inaugural event, which is being co-hosted by the Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. There, the topics of discussion will be obesity treatment and prevention.

Dr. Martin Binks is with the Obesity Society. He says Atlanta was chosen in part because of the prevalence of obesity in the southern United States.

“We talk about how the local area might be engaged in us being there, and we know that the South has been highlighted as an area of particular difficulty in obesity,” Binks says.

The inaugural conference will include more than 300 exhibits and lectures by health researchers. Binks says though the conference is primarily for professionals, the event will include a seminar for parents.

“Obesity is a family issue, so if we’re helping parents on how to be more healthy and how to translate that to their children, we’re really helping everybody,” Binks says.

Earlier this year the American Medical Association officially labeled obesity a disease.