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8th International Conference on Diabetes and Obesity

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to welcoming you for the 8th World Congress on Diabetes & Obesity 2014 which will be held in Riga, Latvia on July 3-4, 2014.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight – at least 300 million of them clinically obese – and is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. The obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; this increase is often faster in developing countries than in the developed world.

Often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition, obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups.

Obesity and overweight pose also a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. Of special concern is the increasing incidence of child obesity.

The last data from WHO and International Obesity Task Force show us a dramatic situation concerning the Worldwide prevalence of Obesity: over 300 million adults worldwide (WHO World Health Report, 2003). The prevalence of Obesity in USA: 39.8 million American adults; more than 57% of American adults are overweight (CDC). One-quarter of U.S. adults are obese (BMI 30).

Prevention & Treatments Strategies: Our Priority during Riga Congress

In order to participate to slow down and stop the progression of this disease, Riga Diabetes & Obesity 2014 will discuss on the latest therapeutic innovations, the new pathways which will allow the development of new pharmaceutical treatments but also discuss how to prevent diabetes and obesity by using natural ingredients to prevent or fight against diabetes and obesity.

Riga Diabetes & Obesity 2014 aims also to launch the discussion between the different actors involved in the fight against obesity. It still remains that diabetes and obesity are multi-factorial problems, involving genetic, neurological, behavioral and cultural components, and as such, a long term solution to the problem is unachievable through single sector approach. Instead an integrated strategy is required, with input and close collaboration from all of the many different stakeholders involved – the food industry, governments and regulators, researchers, health professionals, the media, and of course consumers themselves.

03-06-2014 till 04-06-2014

Venue: Stradins University
City/Country: Riga, Latvia

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