Waking up to real solutions to chronic disease

Thursday, 04.10.2012 | 07:30 - 09:00 | Kursaal B

Organised by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Waking up to real solutions to chronic disease – how tackling obesity can reduce the burden of chronic disease and deliver substantial cost savings to struggling European healthcare systems.

Over half of adults living in the EU are overweight or obese, rates more than doubling over the past twenty years. Overweight and obesity is an independent key risk factor for chronic disease, accounting for 44% of the global burden of type 2 diabetes mellitus, 23% of ischemic heart disease and 7–41% of certain cancers; placing substantial burdens on healthcare resources.

This breakfast session aims to take tock of the major threat posed by the chronic disease epidemic across Europe and examine the evidence of how tackling obesity through behavioural modification represents a tangible preventative solution.

The session will also explore the published outcomes achieved by innovative new partnerships between struggling healthcare systems and industry; introducing the model as a valid part of a portfolio of obesity solutions that are so desperately needed, setting this in the context of policy development to deliver effective, scalable and affordable chronic disease prevention.


G Merron, former Minister of State for Public Health, UK

K Miller-Kovach, Chief Scientific Officer, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Chaired by

M Stubbing, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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