Cameron University Business Forum examines obesity

Cameron’s University’s Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Business Research Center will host a business forum titled   “Oklahoma Weight War: Battling Obesity” on Thursday, November 15. Dr. Terry L. Cline, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health and Secretary of Health and Human Services will present the keynote address. The forum will provide important insights into the issue of obesity and will provide strategies to improve this critical health risk. The event will take place at 9 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge.

A panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow the keynote address. Cline will be joined by panelists Candace Benson, Lead Clinical Dietitian, Comanche County Memorial Hospital; Dr. Ben Cooper; Chairman, Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma; Lori Cummins, Director of Community Relations, Comanche Memorial Hospital (CCMH) and the CCMH Foundation; Dr. Edward A. Legako, President, Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Kyle Rogers, Community Program Coordinator, Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma.

According to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012,” a report released in September by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Oklahoma ranks as the sixth most obese state in the nation. The report includes an analysis that forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates and projects that by 2030, the number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and healthcare costs, will increase dramatically, placing Oklahoma second as the most obese state.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, 31.1 percent of adults in Oklahoma were obese. The report maintains that if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, the obesity rate in Oklahoma could reach 66.4 percent.

The economic cost of obesity is high because obesity is associated with many health risks, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, and depression. The estimated cost associated with obesity in Oklahoma is more than $854 million each year.

For more information, contact Dr. Syed Ahmed at 581-2430 or 581-5432.

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November 1, 2012

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