Primary obesity prevention - the what, how, who and why's

21 November 2018

Summary of talk

Childhood overweight and obesity prevention interventions are numerous, but study participants were generally recruited from mixed-weight (healthy-weight, overweight and obese) populations. Interventions with exclusively helping healthy-weight children maintain their healthy weight status are thus literally absent. Several reviews suggest small but positive effects of the interventions, but due to the mixed-weight nature of participants it is possible that overweight and obese children lost weight during the interventions rather than prevented excessive weight gain among healthy-weight individuals, as also suggested by recent results. 

A few primary obesity prevention trials improving nutrition and physical activity have been performed during infancy with positive results. Surprisingly, it seems that initial positive effects were not sustained or even increased the risk of obesity relative to usual care beyond age 2 years. Rather, a number of studies, both among infants and toddlers, seem to suggest that trials targeting sleep, in isolation or as part of a multi-model also including nutrition, activity, and family issues seems to prevent excessive weight gain beyond the age of 2 years. 

This presentation, which will provide novel results from the Danish Healthy Start Primary Intervention Study, that targeted healthy weight children at risk of future obesity following a multi-model intervention including healthy diet and activity, sleep optimization and family stress reduction, will further discuss the “what, how, who and why’s” related to primary obesity prevention.

About the presenter
Professor Berit L. Heitmann's main areas of expertise include diet and the determinants and consequences of obesity. She has more than 30 years of experience in these areas. Between 1996-98 she was president of the Danish Association for the Study of Obesity. From 2001 to 2015 Berit was a director for research at the Institute of Preventive Medicine and is currently a director for research at the Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Denmark. 

This academic research seminar is proudly brought to you by the Boden Institute in the Charles Perkins Centre. 

Event details

  • When: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Where: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 
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  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Please register online via the registration table below
  • Contact: Mackenzie Fong mackenzie.fong@sydney.edu.au


Primary obesity prevention - the what, how, who and why's

Where Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 
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When

21 November 2018


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