A global threat still growing

QUEBEC CITY- Three years after participating in the 3rd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, the world leading experts will return to the Québec City Convention Centre, from July 8 to 12, to attend the 5th International Congress on Chronic Societal Cardiometabolic Diseases, which aim is to fight the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases associated with abdominal obesity, sedentary lifestyle and low quality nutritional habits.

It is strikingly clear that to only talk about obesity does not address all the dimensions of the problem. Since the scientific and medical community increasingly recognizes the importance of measuring and managing abdominal obesity, the organisers of this international scientific event considered that it was appropriate to change the name of the conference to highlight the many health problems associated with this form of obesity.

Nowadays, we speak of chronic societal diseases. The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk wants to emphasise the importance of all pathologies related to abdominal obesity. More than ever, the Chair wishes to bridge the gap between knowledge and action for the benefit of health professionals and the public.

No region of the world has been spared, and junk food and sedentary lifestyle are unfortunately associated with a social “evolution” in some emerging countries.

During the conference, several hundred participants including specialists and general practitioners, researchers, residents, graduate students, nutritionists, kinesiologists and other healthcare professionals will review all aspects of this question, with a focus on the management and prevention of obesity by targeting our lifestyle, mainly what we eat, what we drink and how sedentary or active we are.

Overwhelming statistics

  • In the Province of Quebec only, an estimated 830,000 people are living with diabetes and approximately 250,000 of them are unaware of their condition. Source: Diabète Québec.
  • Globally, one-third of adults are significantly overweight or obese. Source: Word Health Organization.
  • Worldwide, physical inactivity kills more people than tobacco! A study published in 2012 showed that 5.1 million people died from smoking-related diseases while physical inactivity was responsible for 5.3 million deaths. Source: Wen CP, Wu X The Lancet 2012; 380:192-193.
  • About two-thirds of deaths are caused by chronic societal diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancers) which are largely attributable to four behaviours: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor nutritional habits and physical inactivity. Source: Hunter DJ et al. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:1336-1343.

However, the good news is that 75% of chronic societal diseases could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes! Source: Hunter DJ et al.. N Engl J Med 2013; 369: 1336-1343.

Lay public event at the PEPS of Université Laval

In order to convey to the people of the greater Québec City area some of the major notions arising from the presentations and discussions that will take place during the Congress, the Chair, along with its partners from Université Laval, will present an event entitled Manger, boire, bouger… en mode santé! (in French) at the PEPS on Sunday, July 12, 2015, from 14:00 to 17:00.

The first part of the event will bring together a panel of well-known local personalities and researchers from Université Laval who will address issues relevant to healthy lifestyles in order to deliver positive and accessible messages to participants on how to enjoy physical activity and healthy eating habits every day.

Numerous thematic stands put in place on the Promenade Desjardins-Université Laval, will allow the public to discover the cutting-edge work carried out by researchers of Université Laval and their teams in the fields of physical activity and nutrition. This is a unique opportunity to discover the internationally renowned expertise developed here in the region.