Methodist Hospitals Hosts First Obesity Symposium 

Feb 15
2008

Methodist Hospitals in Northwest Indiana is holding its first Obesity Symposium on Saturday, February 23 at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana. The objective of the symposium is to provide professional staff in the community with up to date information to assist in combating obesity in Indiana.

Since the mid-seventies, the obesity rate in the US has increased sharply; today 34 percent of adults aged 20 and over are obese. The direct and indirect costs of obesity in America are more than $117 billion per year. According to recent reports, Indiana has the 9th highest level of adult obesity in the nation at 28.6 percent.

The symposium will feature leading authorities in bariatric medicine and related fields presenting:

  • The incidence of obesity and the current and future costs of obesity and obesity related illnesses in Indiana and the United States
  • Metabolic syndrome, including the diagnosis, associated conditions and treatment options
  • Co-morbidities of obesity, the importance of early diagnosis and medical management
  • The realities and implications of pediatric obesity and how the medical community can intervene to change this ominous path
  • The role of psychology in obesity and its treatment
  • Diet, exercise and medical weight loss strategies as they pertain to the obese and morbidly obese patient
  • Surgical weight loss options: who is a candidate, the success rate, potential complications and resolution of co-morbidities
  • The impact of surgery on Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic syndrome

Methodist Hospitals has made an extended commitment to the health of our communities and the fight against the obesity epidemic. The Obesity Symposium is expected to attract physicians and healthcare professionals from around the region.

For more information or to photograph/interview a Methodist employee, please contact me.

Thank you!

Amber Raza
Marketing/Corporate Communication
Methodist Hospitals
Phone: 219.886.4474
Fax: 219.886.4592

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