Weight of the World: Strategies to Fight the Global Obesity EpidemicMonday, April 30, 2012
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Kent Bradley, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Safeway Inc.
Francine Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Medical, Clinical and Health Affairs, Medtronic Diabetes
David Kirchhoff, President and CEO, Weight Watchers International Inc.
Tomas Philipson, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
James Pope, Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Healthways, Inc.
The obesity epidemic is taking a huge toll in the United States, but it's not a uniquely American problem. From industrialized nations like Great Britain and Germany to emerging economies like Egypt, Mexico and China, populations are growing steadily more overweight. This dangerous trend has serious implications for public health, productivity, human capital formation and economic development. What are the factors driving these numbers? Which nations seem able to maintain healthier populations, and why? What role has the global food industry played in this trend - and can it be part of the solution? What can employers do? How can government and business offer smart, supportive interventions without creating an intrusive nanny state? Can NGOs, foundations, educators and faith-based organizations do more? Is it possible to design a global prevention strategy?