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New York Academy of Sciences

December 9, 2010

A Supersized World: The Global Obesity Epidemic

The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10007
1.15 -5.10 p.m.

According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion adults worldwide are overweight and nearly 300 million are clinically obese. Obesity is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain forms of cancer. Once thought to be a problem affecting only industrialized, developed countries, obesity and obesity-related diseases are increasingly prevalent in the developing world. This conference will convene leading obesity researchers to explore the latest science and policy initiatives for this health crisis both globally and here in the United States.


Introductory Remarks:  Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH and Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, New York Academy of Sciences

Keynote Address

Science of Obesity: Ben Caballero, MD, MPH

Epidemiology of Obesity:  Fred Brancati, MD MHS

Food Systems and Food Policy:  Kelly Brownell, PhD
Yale University, Department of Psychology

Behavior/Interventions: Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH


Interactive Panel Discussion

Moderator: Robert Lawrence, MD
Center for a Liveable Future
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Closing Remarks: Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH


New York City Public Transit

Fares on the New York City transit system are $2.25 per trip (includes one free transfer?bus to bus, or bus to train, or train to bus). You can also purchase a multiple-ride or unlimited-ride MetroCard and receive discounted fares. Buses accept MetroCards or exact change only.

New York City Subway

2, 3 to Park Place
A, C to Chambers Street
E to World Trade Center
N, R, W to City Hall
4, 5 or J, M, Z to Fulton Street
(Please note that the Cortlandt Street subway station is temporarily out of service.)

New York City Buses

M1, M6, M20, and M22 to Chambers Street

PATH Rail System

Fares on the PATH system are $1.75 per trip (pay-per-ride MetroCards are accepted at each station). Service to the World Trade Center is available from Newark Penn Station, Jersey City, and Hoboken in New Jersey. When you arrive at WTC, the Vesey Street exit will put you just in front of 7 World Trade Center.


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