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Currently the world is facing an incredibly costly epidemic of obesity. Almost two thirds of UK adults are either overweight or obese and estimated costs to the UK economy are £27 billion a year. While fundamentally obesity is a disorder of energy balance, several decades of research has demonstrated that maintaining energy balance is much more complex than the ‘Calories in, Calories out’ equation that was once touted.
The main purpose of this conference is to provide an overview of the myriad of influencing factors on energy balance, addressing varying needs across the lifespan. Speakers will provide their perspectives on the effects of dietary factors, physical activity, epigenetics and the gut microbiome on energy balance during this three day conference.
Inspired by both the scientific theme and recent guidelines from the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, this conference has been organised to ensure the concept of hosting a healthy meeting that enables delegates personal energy balance will be embraced! The conference team have worked closely with the University of Leeds' (conference venue) Head Chef of catering to provide a delicious and nutritious menu featuring locally-sourced, Yorkshire products, with vegan and halal options.
In addition, the Society's Advisory Council member for Public Health, Dr Carrie Ruxton has appointed an Activity Champion, for the conference who will both encourage standing as an option through scientific sections and champion the variety of options for physical activity throughout the conference. These activities will include a lunchtime art tour of the University of Leeds campus and art collection on Tuesday; a morning group jog or run (depending on group size will likely have two or more groups of variable fitness/speed!) on Wednesday morning; and a yoga session early Wednesday evening. In addition, before the conference dinner on Wednesday there will the option to tour the Leeds Town Hall and climb the 203 steps of the clock tower of the Leeds, as well as dancing after dinner!