Day 1 :
Director of Human Health & Nutrition, Safefood, Ireland
Keynote: Cost of a Healthy Food Basket
Statement of the Problem: Children of low income households eat less well and have higher rates of childhood obesity and associated risks (1,2). Childhood obesity tracks into adulthood. Food is often a flexible component of the family budget as they can satisfy their hunger with cheaper, less nutritious food (3). This research uses an approach that identifies and costs a basket that is both socially acceptable and nutritionally adequate. One in ten people are experiencing food poverty in Ireland (4). Methodology and Theoretical orientation: A Minimum Essential Standard (MIS) approach was used (5) to estimate the income needed to afford a weekly food basket that the six households studied agreed as a minimum (for urban and rural settings). The study also estimated the % spend on food relative to other items of expenditure. Findings: The cost of the food Basket was more expensive for the majority of rural households compared to urban (Table 1). Food was found to be the biggest area of expenditure in both rural and urban households, the food basket accounted for up to 36% of total income. Conclusions and significance: The cost of the food basket depends on household composition. Food costs rise as children grow older and this has potential health significance. Meat fruit and vegetables took up the largest share of the costs. Households on state benefits spend a larger percentage of take home income on food than households with an employed adult.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey USA
Time : 10:10-10:45
Dr. Loomis received her B.S from the University of Rhode Island and her M.S. and Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with 16 years of experience in pediatric nutrition. Dr. Loomis has conducted presentations on a local and national level on a number of areas including the impact of Registered Dietitians in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Combating Childhood obesity and Pediatric Food Allergies and Treating Picky Eating. Her doctoral work looked at the impact of standardized feeding guidelines for low birth weight infants, which was recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Dr. Loomis’ current research looks at the impact of nutrition counseling on childhood obesity, and the eating habits of picky eaters as well as the impact of role modeling on the eating habits and weight status of college students. Dr. Loomis is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Oneonta and is the Director of the Masters Program and Dietetics Internship. She also works as a pediatric dietitian in a pediatrician’s office counseling children who struggle with obesity and has owned her own private practice since 2010.
Childhood obesity is a growing concern worldwide. It has becoming a problem in every country where there is data. Children who are born preterm or Small for Gestational Age (SGA) are at higher risk for developing childhood obesity than their peers who are born on time and of normal weight. This presentation will discuss the impact that the development of obesity has not only on the more commonly known long term health consequences such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but it will also discuss it’s impact on the development of food allergies and other inflammatory diseases. The eating habits during the perinatal period and breastfeeding and their impact on the development of obesity will also be described. We will explore the impact individual nutrition counseling has on childhood obesity compared to group counseling and virtual counseling. Finally evidenced based strategies to prevent the onset of obesity during pregnancy, breastfeeding and childhood will be presented.
Birmingham City University ,UK
Keynote: Community Based Childhood Obesity Intervention Programme: working with parents & schools in Birmingham, UK: challenges & opportunities
Time : 09:35-10:10
: Obesity is a key public health issue affecting both children and adults in developed countries and countries of economic transition (WHO, 2011). Childhood obesity pattern in UK is no different; a quarter of 2-10 and one third of 11-15 year old are overweight or obese (Public Health England, 2014). Obesity harms children’s health both physically and psychologically. Obesity is the outcome of a complex set of factors, its prevention and management therefore requires multiple set of action and life course approach ( Wyatt et al., 2013; Marmot, 2015). This paper begins with highlighting some of the main issues contributing to childhood obesity in the UK and moves on to argue the case for multifaceted investment in prevention.