World Obesity and Weight Management Congress | October 18-20, 2021 | Orlando, USA
Dear congress visitors, it is an honor and pleasure to write a few welcome notes. The fact that the obesity epidemic didn't flash over countries like a wildfire-rather it smoldered and then slowly grew year after year-has made it even more difficult to combat, since its causes have become so intertwined into the social, environmental, and governmental fabric. It is a problem for both developing and developed countries. Evidence shows that obesity prevention policy and environmental change efforts should focus on facilitating a handful of key behaviors: Limiting unhealthy foods (refined grains and sweets, potatoes, red meat, processed meat) and beverages (sugary drinks); Increasing physical activity; Limiting television time, screen time, and other "sit time"; Improving sleep; Reducing stress. Which in practice means that obesity is a problem of education and lifestyle change, not a first-time medical care. In other words, I decide the current state of body mass status myself, my behavior and actions, not the attending physician.