Healthy children for a healthy future – Type 2 diabetes and weight in adolescents – thepulse.org.au
Almost two-thirds of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness, excess weight is responsible for 7,200 deaths every year in Australia and obesity costs the Australian economy $38 billion a year, across more than four million lost work days, more than a billion dollars in medical costs, as well as the cost of premature death.
In collaboration with Western Sydney Diabetes (an initiative of the Western Sydney Local Health District), the community group Healthy Living Toongabbie (HLT) is hosting an online forum, Healthy children for a healthy future: let’s talk with the experts! » on Thursday, July 7 to address concerns about weight among young people.
Diabetes is no longer an age-related disease,” said HLT President Dr. Shanthini Seelan.
“It is now becoming more common in adolescents and middle age groups and the risk of complications is much higher due to early onset.
“If we want to tackle the multiple chronic diseases that will result from overweight and obesity, it’s best to start as early as possible.”
HLT is a community-based organization established four years ago by a group of passionate health practitioners, business people and residents of Toongabbie and is dedicated to educating the community about diabetes, prediabetes and options healthier foods.
Expert panelists from the event and thematic areas include:
Is your child overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease or other complications?
Associate Professor Gary Leong: is a Senior Pediatric Endocrinologist and Head of Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Pediatrics and Nepean Blue Mountains Metabolic Health Services, Nepean Hospital. Kingswood and Charles Perkins Centre, Nepean Research Centre, University of Sydney.
Healthy eating paradigm shift in children and parenting: a dietitian perspective
Simran Grover: Registered Dietitian Practitioner, Registered Nutritionist and Registered Diabetes Educator.
The challenges of general practitioners in the fight against childhood obesity
Dr Thava Seelan: HLT Member and GP at Bridgeview Medical Centre, Toongabbie.
Take Healthy Actions: What Meaningful Actions Can We Take Today?
Dean Paningbatan: Pediatric Diabetes Dietitian at the Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Westmead and a Registered Sports Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist.
There will also be a Q&A roundtable featuring the Mayor of The Hills, Dr Peter Gangemi, and a representative from Cumberland Council.
“The forum is an exciting opportunity that will provide the foundation to support our younger generation on their health journey and hopefully turn the tide of the obesity crisis in Western Sydney,” Mayor Gangemi said. .
“Let’s start the conversation today and take action for a healthier tomorrow.”
When: Thursday, July 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Facebook live: www.facebook.com/healthylivingtoongabbie/
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83408070468?pwd=Uy9JaW9PQStMZDc1cTBOL3QxOEdZQT0 | Access code: 470962
For more information, visit www.healthylivingtoongabbie.org