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Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series February 19, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hillman Cancer Center Cooper Classroom A

Sponsored by
The Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute


If Obesity is a Disease, Is Physical Activity a Viable Treatment?

John M. Jakicic, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Health and Physical Activity
Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center
University of Pittsburgh

Obesity has recently been classified by the American Medical Association as a disease. This is a result of obesity being linked to numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and other medical conditions. Moreover, obesity has been linked to increased healthcare costs. Therefore, there is a need to develop and implement effective and sustainable interventions for the treatment of overweight and obesity. Lifestyle interventions that reduce energy intake and increase energy expenditure are the foundation of effective treatment for overweight and obesity. A cornerstone of these interventions is physical activity, which can contribute to both initial weight loss and sustained long‐term weight loss and prevention of weight regain. Thus, it is important for clinicians to prescribe sufficient amount of physical activity to their patients. Moreover, physical activity may also be associated with improved dietary behaviors that also enhance weight loss, and these may be mediated by a variety of physiological, metabolic, and psychosocial factors. It is important for health‐care professionals to understand the role of physical activity in body weight regulation and how to promote engagement in sufficient amounts of physical activity to assist in weight loss efforts. 

Light lunch will be provided.

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