All-island Obesity Action Forum: Overweight and Obesity in Practice

Date: Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Location: Clarion Hotel (IFSC), Dublin

Time: 10.00am- 1.30pm

Aim of the Workshop

The workshop discussed the important role healthcare professionals play in the fight against overweight and obesity.

The focus was on healthcare professionals’ awareness and comfort in raising the issue with patients, their role in normalising discussion and management, and in reducing the stigma associated with overweight and obesity. The event marked the launch of the new research findings based on healthcare professional’s attitudes to overweight and obesity which was undertaken by the University of Ulster and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Roundtable discussion groups examined into the barriers, learning’s and key actions required to facilitate more routine discussion, measurements around weight in a healthcare settings.

Keynote speakers included Dr Paul Chadwick (MEND) and Dr Donal O’Shea from St Colmcille's hospital in Loughlinstown.


Time Programme Speaker
10.00am- 10.40pm Registration with tea & coffee  
10.30am-10.40am Welcome by safefood and the Irish Medical Organisation Martin Higgins,
Paul McKeown,
Irish Medical Organisation
10.40am- 12.10pm Session 1 Chair: Martin Higgins
10.40am-10.55am Setting the Scene. The Role of Health professionals in the Obesity Epidemic Donal O’Shea,
St Colmcilles Hospital, Loughlinstown,
10.55am- 11.15am
11.15am- 11.35am
Attitudes and Assessment of Body Weight Status by Health Professionals (PDF, 2MB)
Childhood Overweight - Can we even ask?
Anne Moorhead,
University of Ulster
Brendan O’Shea,
Trinity College Dublin
11.35am- 12.10pm Roundtable discussions and question formulation (PDF, 0.8MB)  
12.10pm-1.00pm Session 2 Chair: Martin Higgins
12.10pm-12.30pm- Do's, don'ts and don't knows when talking about weight with families! (PDF, 1MB) Paul Chadwick,
12.30pm- 1.00pm Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks  
1.00pm-1.30pm Lunch and Networking  
1.30pm- 3.30pm Closed Forum Meeting  


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