Event Date/Time: Sep 09, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2009
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Obesity has been steadily rising among adults, adolescents, and children throughout the United States and the world. Approximately two-thirds of the US population is overweight and nearly half of those are obese, resulting in a corresponding increase in obesity comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, stroke, asthma, sleep apnea, liver and gallbladder disease, depression, low back pain, urinary incontinence, and several forms of cancer (eg, breast, prostate, colon). Obese individuals have a 50% to 100% increased risk of death from all causes when compared with normal-weight individuals.

Obviously, obesity has become a major public health problem.

To search for potential solutions to address the obesity epidemic, the Cleveland Clinic will present the 4th Annual Obesity Summit. The Summit is a 2.5-day live educational activity for health care professionals to be held September 9 to 11, 2009, at the Intercontinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center on the Cleveland Clinic campus.

During the last 3 years, the Obesity Summit has become recognized as a leading educational conference based on its innovative program that brings together a diverse mix of attendees from both health care and industry to search for solutions. These include preventive strategies (nutrition, lifestyle, behavioral) and therapeutic management approaches (pharmaceutical, surgery).

Government plays an integral role in the search for solutions through various channels including education, lifestyle and nutrition initiatives, and research funding. The audience would greatly benefit from a review of new and ongoing government plans regarding obesity in the President Obama Administration.

In 2008, the Summit drew more than 300 attendees, primarily health care practitioners (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, etc) as well as hospital administrators, medical device and pharmaceutical industry leaders, managed care company executives, venture capitalists, and others focusing on obesity-related fields.

Topics for 2009 will include pediatric obesity, pathophysiology and endocrinology, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, cardiology, diet and nutrition, psychiatric issues, and women’s health. Activity Director Philip Schauer, MD, Director of the Bariatric and Metabolism Institute at the Cleveland Clinic is assembling an expert faculty that will feature Walter Willett, MD, PhD, MPH, Chair of the Dept of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Director of the eating disorders research unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; Ken Fujioka, MD, Director of the Scripps Center for Weight Management, San Diego, CA; George Bray, MD, Chief, Division of Clinical Obesity and Metabolism, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA; Steven Nissen, MD, Section Head of Clinical Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic; and Michael Roizen, MD, Institute Chair and Chief Wellness Officer, Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.