Gulf Regional Congress on Obesity 

19th-20th April, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World Obesity will host the first regional obesity congress in the Middle East. The congress will take place in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi on 19th & 20th April 2018.

Gulf Health Summit: Meeting the UN Obesity Targets by 2025

To meet the UN targets for ‘no increase in obesity by 2025’ the region has to invest in effective treatment services and effective prevention measures at local and national level. 

The Gulf Health Summit will examine what services will be needed by 2025 and will examine the benefits of different approaches to weight management, weight reduction, and the prevention of weight gain and weight re-gain.  

Learning objectives:

By the end of the Summit, participants will understand the policy context for the UN obesity targets, and will understand what this means in practice: this includes the effectiveness of different approaches to managing obesity and the value of preventive interventions that maintain health in the general population and prevent weight re-gain among patients. Practitioners will gain understanding of how to talk to patients, the treatment options available based on state-of-the art demonstrations of the role of surgical, pharmaceutical, behavioural and other weight management interventions, and will gain insights into the prevention of obesity in the community and the prevention of the complications of obesity in clinical practice.  Topics highly relevant to the Gulf region will be considered, including the best means of promoting physical activity, the complications of dietary interventions in Ramadan, the treatment of adolescents with obesity, and options for weight management during pregnancy.

Organising Committee:

H.E. Prof Maha Barakat

Dr Abdelrahman Nimeri

Dr Aly Bernard Khalil

Dr Abdulla Al Junaibi

Dr Sareea Al Remeithi

Prof Louise Baur

Dr Shiriki Kumanyika

Dr Abdishakur Abdulle

Dr Ayesha Al Dhaheri

Scientific Programme

Further information on the programme included themes, speakers and abstract submission guidelines will be available in the coming months. 

Exhibition and Sponsorship 

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The congress will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Attendees will receive 4 SCOPE Points for attending this event. 

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