THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF OBESITY SUMMIT 2016 Stepping up the battle against diabesity

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 1.9bn adults, 18 years and older, were overweight in 2014. The United Nations’ goal, set in 2010, to halt the increase in obesity by 2025, this will not be met if the current trajectory continues. Instead, a recent report in The Lancet predicts that one-fifth of adults around the world will be obese by 2025 with some projections estimating one-third to be obese by 2034.

The Economist Events’ Global Crisis of Obesity summit comes at a crucial time and will be held for its inaugural year in the Gulf region, where an estimated two-thirds to three-quarters of adults are overweight or obese. The region also accounts for approximately 10% of diabetes sufferers worldwide and the event dedicates a stream specifically focused on the Defeating Diabetes.

This event will bring together for the first time, a unique group of decision-makers including: regional and international policymakers from different sectors and senior-level professionals from across health care, pharmaceutical and medical devices industry and the food and drink sector amongst others.  The summit will explore the need for a holistic strategy to be rolled out at scale, how to manage the cost of obesity to the health care system and the opportunity new technology can present to prevent obesity.


Key Speakers include:

  • HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority; Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
  • Ala Alwan, Regional Director , World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor of International Health; Director, Global Obesity Prevention Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Zareen Khan, Bollywood Actress and Healthy Lifestyle Advocate
  • Haidar Al Yousuf, Director of Health Funding, Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

A full list of speakers and the agenda can be viewed at www.obesity.economist.com


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