Obesity Congress set for October

The Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Cleveland) will host a national meeting on obesity Oct. 12-14, to explore potential solutions to the emerging obesity epidemic. The 2006 Obesity Congress will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel & MBNA Conference Center Cleveland. Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, will be the event's keynote speaker.

"Obesity is fast becoming the most important public health issue we face in the United States and across the globe," said Philip Schauer, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and president of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (Gainesville, Florida). "The Obesity Congress is an important forum for physicians, and others dedicated to the treatment of obesity, to share information on leading-edge treatments and practices."

Topics to be covered include:

  • the role of corporate America in combating obesity
  • over-the-counter weight loss products
  • the future of bariatric surgery
  • the role of innovation and increased awareness of obesity as a disease
  • obesity in children and the elderly
  • environmental and genetic aspects of obesity

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