March 17, 2000

Symposium set to explore obesity’s roots, treatment

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Holly Byrd holds her newborn twins, Catherine Loraine and David Tyler, deliverd by VUSN’s Certified Nurse Midwife Practice. (photo by Dana Johnson)

A national panel of experts will gather at VUMC next week to offer new insights on obesity.

The Obesity 2000 Symposium is sponsored by the Center for Human Nutrition, the Department of Nutrition Services, the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, HealthPlus, and the General Clinical Research Center.

The symposium will be held on March 22 in 208 Light Hall. Presentations will include:

• 2 p.m. — “Treatment of Obesity in the New Millennium.” Dr. George Bray, executive director and professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, New Orleans.

• 2:45 p.m. — “Child and Adolescent Obesity.” Dr. John Foreyt, professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

• 3:30 p.m. — “Older Persons and Obesity.” Dr. Gordon Jenson, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition.

• 4:15 p.m. — “Treatment of Obesity from a Primary Care Perspective.” Jane White, Ph.D., president of the American Dietetic Association and professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

For more informaiton, please call 322-0062. n