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Press Release - 15 October 2007

US academic shares views on obesity epidemic

With obesity levels in the UK beginning to mirror those in the US, a top American scientist is coming to Bath to give a public lecture on the problem of obesity and some of the potential solutions being discussed there (6-8pm, Monday 22 October 2007).

In the US, one-in-three adults are inactive with sedentary lifestyles at work, home and in leisure time. These people are twice as likely to develop health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, associated with their weight.

As in the UK, the prevalence of childhood obesity in the US has “skyrocketed” in recent years, with societal changes that limit children’s physical activity almost certainly contributing to that trend, says Professor Steven Blair from the University of South Carolina, USA.

“Over the past few decades we have largely engineered the need for physical activity out of our daily lives,” said Professor Blair.

“We can drive to work, spend all day at our desks and retire to the sofa of an evening.

“Physical inactivity is now a major public health problem, not just in the US, but in the UK and around the world.

“We need to consider and evaluate societal, environmental and individual approaches to making physical activity more common, for more people, more of the time.”

For children, initiatives that can help increase physical activity appear to be key to reducing the growing problem of childhood obesity.

“There is mounting evidence that public health interventions can increase physical activity in youth, and school-based interventions are particularly promising,” said Professor Blair.

“Recent reports have presented policy recommendations aimed at increasing physical activity and preventing obesity in children and young people.”

Professor Chris Riddoch, from the School for Health at the University of Bath who organised the talk, said: “We are delighted to have such an eminent speaker at the University of Bath.

“The UK has followed the US in many ways, so it is vital that we take an active interest in the obesity problem as it unfolds there, so we can challenge the growing health problems that are arising here.”

The lecture will take place in University Hall at the University of Bath from 6.00-8.00pm on Monday 22 October 2007.

Places are free but need to be reserved from Professor Riddoch quoting reference SLCP.

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