The WSAVA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting a symposium on preventing obesity in people and their pets.

Man walking dogs. Image: Dora Horvath/Freeimages.
The symposium will emphasise the importance of regular activity alongside a balanced diet and healthy weight. Image: Dora Horvath/Freeimages.

The WSAVA’s one health committee (OHC) is collaborating with the CDC on a symposium entitled “Preventing obesity in people and their pets: a one health approach”.

The event will be held at the Emory Conference Centre in Atlanta, US, from 9-11 November.

Psychology of obesity

At the event, co-speakers from veterinary and human medicine will explore the relationship between obesity and disease in humans and pets, together with the societal costs, behaviour and psychology of obesity.

Co-speakers will also discuss one health-focused initiatives that can be used as potential solutions to the growing obesity crisis in people and pets.

Working together

The symposium will be chaired by Michael Day, chairman of the WSAVA OHC.

“Obesity in pets and people is a significant challenge facing the global one health programme,” he said.

“We hope our symposium will lead to doctors and vets working together to promote a world in which regular activity, a balanced diet and healthy weight are part of every family and their pet’s life.”

Prof Day added:  “The WSAVA OHC is excited to host this major initiative to mark the conclusion of our phase two activities at the end of 2016.

“We are grateful for the support of our existing sponsors for this event: Clinician’s Brief, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare and Nestlé Purina.”

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