ESSA Position Statement: Physical Activity in the Management of Obesity
Exercise practitioners see many clients with overweight or obesity, either as the chief complaint or a comorbidity. Yet, there are lot of misconceptions and misinformation about obesity management, including the role of physical activity.
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 6 April 2022.
In this online activity we provide an overview of the ESSA Position Statement on Physical Activity in the Management of Obesity in Adults. This includes: a background to obesity and its management, the approach taken in producing the Position Statement, and an overview of the evidence on the role of physical activity in the prevention of weight and adiposity gain, weight and adiposity loss, and weight and adiposity regain in adults. Emphasis is on the translation of this information into real-world practice including recommendations for exercise specialists, common misconceptions and special considerations. A distinctive feature of these recommendations is the recognition that improving health in people with overweight or obesity can be achieved by addressing the different elements of overweight and obesity that go beyond a focus on total weight loss.
Presented by A/Prof Nathan Johnson, BMedSc, MHlthSc(Hons), PhD, AES, AEP, FESSA & Prof Tim Gill, BSC (Hons), PhD, RPHN
Associate Professor Johnson is an academic clinician who currently holds an academic position in the Faculty of Medicine and Health University of Sydney, where he is the Program Director of the Master of Exercise Physiology degree. He undertakes research and interdisciplinary clinical practice as an AEP at the RPAH/Charles Perkins Centre Clinic. His research aims to find practical solutions and innovative approaches, particularly exercise, for managing health in people with cardiometabolic disease.
Tim Gill is Professor of Public Health Nutrition within the Boden Initiative at the Charles Perkins Centre in the University of Sydney. He has wide experience as an academic and within government departments and health agencies and has authored several key reports and scientific papers on nutrition, obesity and chronic disease. His research focuses on addressing environmental drivers of obesity as well as and better tailoring of advice for the prevention and management of obesity.
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