STOCKHOLM, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Obesity prevention and treatment with a wide variety of measures are currently being discussed at the Stockholm International Fairs as the 11th International Congress on Obesity opened on Sunday.
Stephan Rossner, president of the congress, said that the first objective of the congress is "to provide an international forum for the dissemination of information about research advances in the field of obesity."
The second objective of the congress is "to identify, debate and promote innovative, preventive and treatment strategies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its associated burden of diseases," Rossner said.
The third one is "to provide a training opportunity for young scientists entering this research area," he added.
Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges for the 21st century. So far, there are one billion people in the world are overweight.
The dynamic programs are managed in five tracks including Basic Science, Experimental Medicine and Physiology, Treatment and Comorbidieties, Epidemioloy, Diet, Activity and Behavior as well as Public Health and Policy, Rossner said.
Information on determinants and consequences of obesity, new options for treatment, social and political issues relating to obesity, trends and the latest thinking in diet, physical activity and behavior are all to be shared among more than 2,300 international delegates, experts and opinion leaders in the field of obesity and its related conditions.
A total of 1,400 papers have been received and 130 oral presentations will be made during the congress, according to Peter Arner, chairman of the International Scientific Committee of the congress.
A total 1,250 posters highlighting the latest research are to be exhibited during the week-long congress which is scheduled to end on Thursday.