Leaders in the Field of Obesity Come Together to Discuss the Necessary, Albeit Forgotten Role Research Must Play in Addressing the Obesity Epidemic

October 7, 2010

With President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law and the first provisions just now coming into effect, we are experiencing a landmark time for health care in America, and obesity is getting more attention than ever. Just days ago, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chose obesity as a top priority – “a winnable battle” – for the CDC.

That is why during this year’s Obesity 2010, a group of obesity policy experts will come together and lead an advocacy forum, sponsored by The Obesity Society, the STOP Obesity Alliance and Obesity Action Coalition, to discuss the essential role that research can play to effect sound policy in the “winnable battle” against obesity. Speakers will discuss, among other topics, the implications of health reform, the need to make sound obesity policy despite scientific uncertainty, and how obesity is linked to poor accessibility.

Friday, October 8, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


  • George Bray, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Obesity and Metabolism at Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Kelly Brownell, PhD, Professor at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University
  • Amanda Cash, DrPH, Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Christine Ferguson, JD, Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance and research professor at The George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy
  • Geraldine Henchy, MPH, RD,  Director of Nutrition Policy at the Food Research and Action Center
  • Barbara Thompson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and author of “Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You”

Obesity 2010 brings together the leading players in the field of obesity from world-renowned speakers, researchers and clinicians to educators, advocates, policymakers and practitioners. The meeting provides essential educational and networking opportunities and is a forum for increasing knowledge, stimulating research, and promoting better treatment for those affected by this disease.