2014: Understanding Obesity
One size doesn’t fit all: understanding the differences in our physiology is integral to beating obesity.
A theme to unite our activities
In 2014, The Society's theme is 'Understanding Obesity'. Having a theme that spans all our activities provides us with an opportunity to collaborate internally and externally to raise the profile of physiology in obesity.
Obesity: Cause and consequence
The Physiological Society recognises the physiological causes and consequences of obesity. Our Members undertake basic and clinical research to address both aspects of this epidemic, and we want to ensure that the message spreads: whilst individuals can and should take steps to control their weight, physiologists are also working to elucidate the mechanisms that regulate body fat and to treat the diseases that obesity can lead to. In the past decades, considerable physiological advances have been made both in addressing the cause and the consequence of obesity. Much on this topic has been published in our journals The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology.
The UK has one of the highest rates of obesity in the developed world, with the majority of the population being overweight. The physiological consequences of the disease are life-threatening and cost the NHS more than £5billion each year; tackling obesity is not only important at a personal level but also on a broader economic scale.
Our 'Understanding Obesity' activities
- Topic meeting; 10-12 September 2014, Newcastle United
- Special issue in our journal Experimental Physiology
- Focused outreach events
- Policy actions (more details to follow)
- Media activities
- A Storify page to track all online discussions
- Themed issue of Physiology News
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We have enlisted the support of leading researchers to guide our activities (details to follow) and look forward to sharing details with you in the coming months. Please keep an eye on this webpage for updates or email Chrissy on firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.