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Past Conference: Childhood & Adolescent Obesity Conference 28 February - 1 March 2011


CHILDHOOD & ADOLESCENT OBESITY:
A WHOLE-SYSTEM, STRATEGIC APPROACH

28 February - 1 March 2011
Venue:
Hotel InterContinental
Abu Dhabi

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Conference Overview

This interactive conference will explore the need for a strategic approach to tackling childhood obesity. With the help of an internationally acclaimed line up of experts in the field of childhood obesity we will look at the elements that are involved in designing a 'best practice' strategy.

We will look at definitions of obesity and the importance of monitoring childhood obesity trends at a population level and also how to identify and deal with obesity at an individual level and how to work constructively and sensitively with families to get sustainable change. The conference will explore the evidence base around predisposing factors and how we might work with the evidence to prevent the development of obesity. Delegates will be guided through an exploration of early years prevention and intervention where required to establish or re-establish healthy feeding and lifestyle choices.

With the use of best practice examples we will examine which school and community based interventions, social marketing approaches and environmental factors are effective in reducing childhood obesity rates.

The final theme will look at what can be done for those children in middle and later childhood who have become obese in terms of weight reduction plans and physiological support to restore emotional and physical health and quality of life.

Chaired by:

Dr. Ali Abdulkarim Al Obaidli
Chief Clinical Officer for SEHA, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Azhar Ali
Director of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Ambulatory Healthcare Services SEHA, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Omar Al-Jabri
Consultant Family Physician, Medical Affairs Director, Ambulatory Healthcare Services - SEHA, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Omar Al-Hashemi
Family Physician & Manager, BAJ Clinic, Ambulatory Healthcare Services - SEHA, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Wejdan Abdulrazak Mansoor
Family Physician & Clinical Lead, KCA Clinic Ambulatory, Healthcare Services - SEHA, Abu Dhabi, UAE



Speakers & topics:

H.E. Saif Al-Qubaisi
Chairman of SEHA

Welcome


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H.E. Saif Al-Qubaisi

Chairman of SEHA




H.E. Zaid Daoud Al Siksek
CEO Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD)

Opening address


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H.E. Eng. Zaid Daoud Al Siksek

CEO Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD)




Professor Tawfik A. M. Khoja
Director of the GCC Health Council

Childhood obesity in the Gulf States Prevalence and trends
This plenary will look at demographic trends in childhood obesity across Gulf states and compare them. Also what lies behind these trends will be discussed.


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Professor Tawfik A. M. Khoja

Director of the GCC Health Council 




Professor Paul Gately
Chairman of National Obesity Forum (UK) Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University and CEO of Carnegie Weight Management Centre

Tackling childhood obesity – Establishing a systems approach using high quality services.

Professor Gately will explore with the delegates how a systems approach to addressing weight issues with young people can lead to sustainable weight management. The approach is family focused and caters for the importance of raising self esteem and tackling social exclusion to help children and their family's to access mainstream opportunities for physical activity. The programme re-educates children and their parents to establish sustainable dietary habits and employs peer support and motivational work to assist them to address weight problems.
The weight management programme has a menu of interventions including summer camp and weekend activity attendance with nutrition and cookery groups, groups to improve self esteem and develop a range of skills to assist young people to interact and improve relationship building with other young people, physical activity sessions, lifestyle enhancing techniques, coping strategies and also family based work, both in groups and with individual families. Professor Gately will discuss the evidence for the need for long term follow up and peer support and discuss the techniques that he has developed to address this need.


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Professor Paul Gately

Chairman of National Obesity Forum (UK) Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University and CEO of Carnegie Weight Management Centre




Kim Hastie
Lead for National Support Team(UK) – Childhood Obesity

UK strategy –whole systems approach to childhood obesity what does good look like?
Kim will lead us through a recent report which discusses the evidence for what works in terms of tackling childhood obesity in the United Kingdom. With her first hand knowledge of strategic work right across the UK, Kim will share with us findings on the whole- system strategic approach to tackling childhood obesity and what a good strategy should contain. We will examine the evidence to support wide ranging strategies which offer accessible, relevant and effective initiatives which are inclusive, delivered at a large enough scale to reach whole communities. The transferability of the evidence base to UAE and Gulf communities will be discussed.


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Kim Hastie

Lead for National Support Team(UK) – Childhood Obesity




Prof. Andrew Hill
Head of Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds

Psychological consequences of Childhood Obesity
The risk that childhood obesity carries for low self esteem, impaired quality of life and depression will be discussed along with the victimization and social isolation experienced by some obese children and adolescents. Successful weight management and engagement with lifestyle change initiatives requires overcoming these barriers to program uptake and engagement. Professor Hill will describe how understanding social networks may help in this and will argue that improvements in psychological and social functioning are themselves important secondary outcomes in efforts to manage obesity.


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Prof. Andrew Hill

Head of Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds




Dr. Jennifer Moore
Section head of the Family and School Health at Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD)

HAAD strategic approach
Here we will examine:

  • the evidence and demographic trends which have led to the HAAD identifying childhood obesity as a public health priority in Abu Dhabi
  • the reason for a whole-system strategic approach
What the strategy is comprised of including
  • population trend measurement,
  • baseline setting and target setting.
  • Workforce development to implement the strategy
  • the identification of individual children who are overweight or obese and the care pathway for intervention including nutritional advice and support
  • measures put in place to prevent obesity such as the promotion of breast feeding, work with the food industry, spatial planning, school interventions and social marketing

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Dr. Jennifer Moore

Section head of the Family and School Health at Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD)




Lara Hussein
Chief of Child Protection & Officer in Charge for UNICEF Gulf Area Office

The UNICEF approach
This plenary will examine the relatively recent but alarming escalation in childhood obesity and the consequences of this in the Gulf countries which has arisen following growth in prosperity. The 'double burden' caused by the overlaying of obesity and 'over-nutrition' with high fat, high sugar, high salt but relatively poor nutritional value foods (fast food) on to a historical legacy of under-nutrition will be discussed along with issues of how cultural influences complicate the picture. Some discussion on how Gulf countries can cope with these complexities will be aired.


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Lara Hussein

Chief of Child Protection & Officer in Charge for UNICEF Gulf Area Office




Dr. Asma Deeb
Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and the paediatric residency program director at Al Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi

Medical consequence of childhood obesity
The medical consequences of childhood obesity such as type II diabetes, heart disease and other diseases will be discussed to heighten awareness to the dangers of childhood obesity and its detrimental effects.


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Dr. Asma Deeb MBBCH, DCH, MD, MRCP, FRCPCH

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and the paediatric residency program director at Al Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi




Jessica Ybanez-Morano, MD, MPH, FACOG, CPE
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director, Women's Health Specialists in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV, USA

A mother's love - The effects of maternal obesity, prenatal care and breastfeeding on childhood obesity


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Jessica Ybanez-Morano, MD, MPH, FACOG, CPE

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director, Women's Health Specialists in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV, USA




Dr. Jamal Al Jubeh
MD, FAAP, Senior Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist SKMC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Early years – the evidence for efficacy of early intervention in the establishment of good lifestyle habits in the early years – family based approaches
Delegates will be presented with the evidence for what works in terms of establishing good lifestyle habits in the early years including feeding habits and a healthy active lifestyle. Evidence will include parent/child relationships regarding food and feeding, the 'mechanics' of feeding, managing the feeding environment, weaning practice, portion size and the introduction of new foods. Also will be discussed is the evidence for what works in establishing active lifestyles with a family focus.


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Dr. Jamal Al Jubeh

MD, FAAP, Senior Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist SKMC, Abu Dhabi, UAE




Dr. Robert Copeland
Principal Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University

Let's Change4Life Programme - Sheffield: How a whole system anti-obesity strategy has been applied in one city
This ambitious programme aims to prevent obesity in children, young people and families through shifting attitudes and culture in the city at all levels and by delivering a range of universal and targeted prevention activities which focus on individuals, families, children's centres, schools and communities across Sheffield. Specifically, the programme will deliver on 8 key areas of activity to ensure that by 2012 the obesity rates in Sheffield will be falling.

The 8 areas are:

  • Breast feeding
  • Community health champions
  • Cross Sector innovations
  • Living neighbourhoods
  • The great outdoors
  • Food
  • Schools
  • Social marketing

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Dr. Robert Copeland

Principal Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University




Mayada Wahsh
Programme Officer UNICEF

The UNICEF national awareness campaign on Childhood Obesity in the UAE
This award winning and successful campaign was implemented in 2009 to bring the issue of child obesity at the forefront of social concern by influencing political dialogue, collective action and individual behaviour of stakeholders with regards to their social responsibility to fulfil children's requirements and rights for a healthy life emphasizing healthy diet and physical activity in the UAE. Mayada will discuss the challenges, the recommendations that came out of the programme and the proposals for future work

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Mayada Wahsh

Programme Officer UNICEF






Workshops & Seminar:

Dr Jennifer Moore and team
HAAD

Seminar:

Tracking whole population trends in obesity


Using cumulated data from individual measurements to track whole population status on obesity. Using trend data to compare regionally, nationally and internationally. Setting baselines and targets to reduce obesity and how to use these to measure the impact of the whole system strategy.

The interpretation of trends.

This is likely to appeal to public health and strategic personnel , but some front line professionals would benefit from an appreciation of the whole population tracking , especially where they are responsible for staff training or motivation or have to report on target achievement.

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Dr. Jennifer Moore

Section head of the Family and School Health at Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD)




Manal Ali
SEHA Nursing Education Department

Workshop 1:

Measuring and plotting individual children's BMI. Plotting and interpreting results and communicating them sensitively to parents


The accurate measurement and recording of individual children's BMIs will be discussed on 2 levels.
Firstly, as a precursor to interpreting the findings and what the significance is to the child and their family, including sensitive delivery of the information and signposting to appropriate advice, help and intervention.
Secondly, the importance of the practitioners role in contributing to the whole population growth monitoring. (this workshop is likely to appeal to front line practitioners)

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Manal Ali

SEHA Nursing Education Department




Dr. Abdelrahma Nimeri
Director SKMC Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and team

Workshop 2:

Bariatric Surgery


Whilst acknowledging that bariatric surgery is a last resort for young people and that prevention and change of lifestyle is the preferred option we cannot get away from the fact that for some young people bariatric surgery is the only option.

The need for a holistic multi-agency team approach to screening and selection for bariatric surgery, preparation, surgery and aftercare is paramount for young people.

With the help of his highly acclaimed multi-agency team, Dr Abderlrahma Nimeri will describe the role of the team members and how they work together to achieve high quality care and aftercare for such young people. This will of course under normal circumstances be family focused.
(this workshop is likely to have wide appeal, particularly with medical delegates, but strategists and front line workers would also benefit from understanding what would be involved for clients that they may refer).

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Dr. Abdelrahma Nimeri

Director SKMC Bariatric and Metabolic Institute




Salma Al Nuaimi
Nursing Service Manager for Ambulatory Healthcare Services AHS

Workshop 3:

Parental perceptions of childhood obesity


Salma Al Nuami will discuss the findings of her research on 1097 parents in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi particularly Al Ain City and the research around parents perception and stress related obesity in children. The research centered on children who were obest (aged from 6-11years old). Salma Al Nuami will discuss with delegates what the implications of her research are for both front line practitioners and what they can add to the evidence base of what actions are required at strategic level.

This workshop will be of interest to both front line practitioners and those whose role involves setting out strategies or delivering strategic aims.

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Salma Al Nuaimi

Nursing Service Manager for Ambulatory Healthcare Services AHS




Dr. Laurel Edmunds
PHD, Oxford University UK

Workshop 4:

The overweight child's perspective


Dr Laurel Edmunds is a psychologist with a background in education. Dr Edmunds review of the intervention literature, interview-based research and her review of treatment and prevention studies for 12 years have culminated in her commitment to evidence based child/family centred interventions.

She will explore the psycho-social aspects of childhood obesity and what the findings have to add to the evidence base for effective interventions.

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Dr. Laurel Edmunds

PHD, Oxford University UK




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Prof. Paul Gately about the conference

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Prof. Paul Gately about the conference




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