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Curious Science: Understanding obesity – mind and body

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Ultimo Library

Level 1, Ultimo Community Centre

40 William Henry Street

Ultimo, New South Wales 2007

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City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to investigate some cutting-edge research. Over three seasons in 2017, we’re lifting the lid on three big-impact topics: food, obesity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills.

Experts lead a talk and Q&A discussing innovative solutions to the deadly threat of obesity. As the biggest health risk in Australia, a staggering 1 in 4 children and more than 63% of adults are overweight, compared with just over half in 1995.

Getting fatter as we grow older, weight gain is putting us at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Behind the weight loss studies
Clinical trials give researchers important insights into metabolism and weight management while social media offers a rich platform for targeting teenagers. Michelle Hsu explores the hurdles and opportunities faced by today's nutrition researchers.

Training brains to help bodies
Despite our best efforts, yielding to eating habits and temptation can sabotage weight loss plans. Dr Jayanthi Raman discusses how neurocognitive changes in people with overweight and obesity can affect the skills which allow us to process information, make decisions and act as advocates for our health.

Meet our researchers

Michelle Hsu
With a passion for understanding human behaviour around eating and health, Michelle is a nutritionist and the program leader for government-funded childhood obesity program, Go4Fun. Educating and supporting adults as well as primary school-aged children and their families about nutrition, she’s helping to engender behaviour change techniques.

Dr Jayanthi Raman
Accredited Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at UTS, Jayanthi has worked extensively in adult mental health. Now, conducting a trial examining Cognitive Remediation, she’s testing new weight management programs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

This free event is suitable for a youth and adult audience. Tickets are limited, so bookings are essential.

Ultimo Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

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