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DPC hosts ‘lively and engaging’ childhood obesity debate

By Editor
16th November 2018
Type 2 diabetes, Type 2 prevention

Leading clinicians and policymakers participated in a “lively and engaging” debate about childhood obesity on the second day of a major diabetes conference.

Dr Max Davie, Health Promotion Officer at the Royal College of Paediatricand Child Health was joined by Dr Fiona Campbell, Consultant Diabetes Paediatrician at Leeds Children’s Hospital on the debating panel at Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2018).

They were joined by Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Diabetologist at University Hospital Southampton and the Rt Hon. Keith Vaz MP, Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes.

All four of them were selected because of their views on various issues with the topic of childhood obesity, such as social media, food labelling and digital health.

The Diabetes Times Editor Oliver Jelley said: “Childhood obesity is dominating the headlines right now, so it was a highly relevant subject for this year’s Live Debate. The contributors all have vast experience within their field of work, so it was hugely interesting hearing their ideas about the subject. It certainly made for a lively and engaging discussion.”

Childhood obesity continues to be discussed as it was announced in May that the number of 10 and 11-year-old children who are classed as severely obese in the final year of primary school is nearly double that of those in reception.

DPC founder Maggie Meer, who has type 2 diabetes, said: “We already know type 2 diabetes is associated with poor lifestyle and can be avoided through a combination of diet, exercise and education but, sadly, it seems the younger generation have missed out on being told these vital health tips.”

As well as the Live Debate, the second day of the conference covered various other topical subjects including individualising diabetes care for older people with a focus on frailty and how to make acute care for people with diabetes safer.

DPC2018 has become a major annual event for people who are involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions.

Now in its fourth year, DPC2018 is the UK’s only free CPD-accredited diabetes conference for healthcare professionals.

Once again the two-day event brought together world-class practitioners and thought leaders, tackling the most pressing issues in diabetes care.

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