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National Obesity Summit 2011: Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts deadline Feb 15
Click here to view the full call for abstracts on the National Obesity Summit website. The preliminary program is available by clicking here. The early bird registration deadline is February 18, 2011

Etiology – Determinants                                               –
Children ‘programmed to be overweight’  Jan 28, 2011
WOMEN who have gestational diabetes are more likely to have children who will battle diabetes and weight problems through their lives, Australian research suggests.

Cold Temperatures Help With Weight Loss, Say Researchers Feb 04, 2011
While a warm, toasty house may feel great in the winter, some researchers suggest warm temperatures also may play a role in the obesity epidemic.

Differential Gene Response to High-Fat Diets in Obesity Jan 04, 2011
Yesterday, as part of the kickoff of Live Right Now, CBC News published an extensive interview with me on why obesity is not simply a matter of “lifestyle choice”. As I point out in the the interview, “There’s a huge variability in how people can cope with extra calories…”

Couch Potatoes at Risk for Heart Problems Jan 11, 2011
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Spending more than two hours a day in front of a TV or computer seems to dramatically increase the risk for heart disease and premature death from any cause, perhaps even regardless of how much exercise one gets, according to a new study.

Obesity May Interfere With Vitamin D Absorption Feb 04, 2011
The more obese a person is, the poorer his or her vitamin D status, a new study by a team of Norwegian researchers suggests.

F.D.A. Declines to Approve Diet Drug Contrave Feb 01, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve yet another prescription diet pill, vanquishing nearly any prospect that a new obesity medicine will be available to overweight Americans this year.

Canada needs heath-care strategy focused on prevention for reserves: Report Jan 27, 2011
TORONTO — Canada needs to invest more money and develop a new national health-care strategy focused on prevention if it wants to win the fight against obesity, tobacco use and system inequities on aboriginal reserves, according to an annual report by Ontario’s top doctor.

Policy – Prevention                                            
Group calls on feds to impose a sugar tax Feb 03, 2011
OTTAWA – A Quebec coalition wants the federal government to impose a new tax on soft drinks and energy drinks to help pay for the fight against obesity. Representatives of the Coalition Quebecoise sur la Problematique du Poids made their demand Thursday in front of a Parliamentary committee on health.

Hungry? Your Stomach Really Does Have a Mind of Its Own Nestle Scientists Try To Train the Brain in the Gut To Feel Full With Less Food Jan 25, 2011
A group of Nestle SA researchers here are on an unusual mission: They hope to create new foods based on gut instinct.

CDC report: More initiatives needed to reverse childhood obesity epidemic Jan 26, 2011
In the United States, about 12.5 million children and adolescents are obese. From the 1960s to the 1990s, childhood obesity prevalence grew from 5% to 15%. Today, 17% of American children and teens are obese.

BMI at age 9 predicts teen heart disease risk Nov 26, 2010
Children who have a high body mass index (BMI) between 9 and 12 years of age are more likely to have high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood insulin levels (all risk factors for developing heart disease) by the time they reach adolescence, according to a study published on today.

Physical Activity–
Canada Unveils New Physical Activity Guidelines Jan 24, 2011
Canada’s new Physical Activity Guidelines have been officially released! Click here for more information

StatsCan :15% of Canadian adults attain at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week
StatsCan 7% of young people attain at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily

Psychological aspects                                
Shaming the obese – with photos like these – isn’t working  Feb 04, 2011
If we are to solve the overweight problem, ‘fat jokes’ and discrimination must become unacceptable

Industry -Marketing–                                        
Canadians tackle bad eating habits Jan 01, 2011
An average Canadian adult consumed 2,358 calories per day in 2009, down 155 calories per day from the waistline-stretching days of 2001, according to a report from Statistics Canada.

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Dr Paul Boisvert, PhD
Exercise Physiologist (PhD), Kinesiologist, Nutrition specialist, Weight loss expert, Communication (Analyst reporter), Coordinator CIHR Obesity Research Chair at Universite Laval
Mission :Inform people about food, physical activity and weight management so they I can help them to make better choice in terms of healthier lifestyle habits.
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