UNC leads obesity prevention conference in Italy

June 18, 2013
Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s nutrition faculty and their international colleagues planned and are leading a conference on obesity prevention in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21.
Conference attendees included co-coordinator Dr. Barry Popkin (back row, second from left).

Conference attendees included co-coordinator Dr. Barry Popkin (back row, second from left).

Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the Gillings School, serves as conference coordinator, along with Carlos Monteiro, MD, PhD, professor and head of the University of Sao Paulo Centre for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition, and Boyd Swinburn, MD, professor of population nutrition and global health at the University of Aukland (New Zealand) and Alfred Deakin Professor and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia.

Other participants are Shu Wen Ng, PhD, UNC assistant professor of nutrition, and Frances Dancy, business officer at UNC’s Carolina Population Center.
The meeting, “Program and Policy Options for Preventing Obesity in the Low, Middle and Transitional Income Countries, brings together teams of scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, south Africa, India, China, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh. Also attending are senior representatives from The World Bank, The International Development Research Center (Canada), Bloomberg Foundation, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and the World Cancer Research Fund.
Conference planners aim to engage the academic community in a translational role to help frame advocacy and equip international civic and federal governments in understanding critical economic, political and other issues related to obesity prevention.
The conference was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and its Bellagio Center and the UNC Nutrition Transition Program.
A fall 2013 issue of Obesity Reviews will publish the 17 papers from the conference.



Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.