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Opening Plenary Session

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Masur Auditorium, Building 10

Obesity: A Growing Energy Crisis
Chair: Clifton Bogardus, NIDDK

Obesity is rapidly increasing in prevalence in the developed and developing world, is associated with considerable morbidity involving multiple organ systems, and is a cause of health disparities in minority populations. The increasing prevalence is most alarming in children and adolescents. In the last decade there has been an exponential increase in our understanding of physiologic and molecular mechanisms regulating this energy imbalance in humans. This knowledge should lead to increasingly effective preventive and therapeutic approaches to combat this growing energy crisis.


Why are Some People Obese?  Studies of the Pima Indians
Clifton Bogardus, NIDDK

Pediatric Obesity:  Causes and Consequences
Jack Yanovski, NICHD

The Role of Brain Reward and Memorizing Circuits in Obesity
Nora Volkow, NIDA

Closing the Energy Gap: Treatment Strategies for Obesity
Monica Skarulis, NIDDK


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