6th - 8th April 2021. Virtual Conference

Tackling Obesity: Innovative Strategies For A Healthier Future

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09:00 – 9:40


Plenary Lecture 2 (30 + 10 mins)

Chair: Pn Zalma Abdul  Razak, Director, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Affordable nutrition and economics of obesity

Prof. Dr. Adam Drewnowski, Director of Nutritional Science Program, School of Public Health, University Of Washington, Seattle, USA

09:45 – 10:45

Symposium 5 ( 10+5 mins)

TITLE:  Psychological Perspectives in Obesity

Chair: Prof. Dr. Firdaus Mukhtar, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

9:45 – 10:00


Weight bias and obesity stigma: definitions, prevalence, consequences and strategies for change

Dr. Ximena Ramos Salas, Director of Research & Policy, Obesity Canada, University of Alberta, Canada

10:00 – 10:15


Obesity and sexual functioning

Prof. Dr. Hatta Sidi, Department of Psychiatry, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Malaysia

10:15 – 10:30


Translational Approach for Food Seeking Behavior: Mouse – Monkey – Obesity Patients

Prof. Dr. Hyung Jin Choi, Department of Biomedical Sciences & Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

10:30 – 10:45


Precision Health: Leveraging Patient-Generated Data for Personalized Behavioral Nutrition Interventions

Dr. Marissa Burgermaster, Dell Medical School, Austin College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas, Texas, USA

10:45 – 12:05

AOASO President: Country Update (10 mins each)

Chair: Dr. Banshi Saboo, President, All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO)

Co-chair:  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gan Wan Ying, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

10:45 – 10:55


Obesity in Australia - a decade of inaction

Dr. Jane Martin, President, Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS), Australia

10:55 – 11:05


Obesity in Thailand

Dr. Tanupol Virunhagarun, President, Bangkok Association of Regenerative Health and The Study of Obesity (BARSO), Thailand

11:05 – 11:15


Enhancement of social media platforms for better community education on obesity

Dr. Francis CC Chow, President, Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO), Hong Kong

11:15 – 11:25


Updates on the burden of obesity in Indonesia

Dr. Dante S. Harbuwono, President, The Indonesian Association for The Study of Obesity (ISSO), Indonesia

11:25 – 11:35


Prevalence of obesity and government  programs and activities to help reduce the obesity prevalence in Korea

Prof. Dr. Jae Heon Kang, President, Korea Society for the Study of Obesity (KSSO), Korea

11:35 – 11:45


Obesity trends, interventions and policy options in Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor, President, Malaysian Association for the study of Obesity (MASO), Malaysia

11:45 – 11:55


Addressing the ROOTS of obesity in Singapore: Population health & obesity professional education

Dr. Tham Kwang Wei, President, Singapore Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO), Singapore

11:55 – 12:05


Policy implementation to stop the trend of rising obesity in Taiwan

Prof. Dr. Yi-Ching Yang, President, Taiwan Medical Association for the Study of Obesity (TMASO), Taiwan

12.00 – 13:00

Lunch / Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)

13.00 – 13:45

Symposium 6 ( 10+5 mins)

TITLE: Assessment of obesity and its associated implications

Chair: Prof. Dr. Poh Bee Koon, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

13:00 – 13:15


Revealing an unseen epidemic: comparison of the diagnosis of obesity using DXA and surrogate anthropometric measurement

Dr. Erwin Christianto, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Eka Hospital, Indonesia

13:15 – 13:30


Revisiting proportion of segmental weight in young Japanese female adults

Associate Prof. Dr. Masaharu Kagawa, Institute of Nutrition Sciences, Kagawa Nutrition University, Japan

13:30 – 13:45


A web-based, time-use application to assess diet and movement behaviour in Asian schoolchildren

Dr. Mary Chong Foong Fong, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

13:45 – 14:45

Free Communications 2 (7+3 mins each)

FC2: Childhood and adolescent Obesity (6 speakers)

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Geeta Appanah, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Co-chair: Dr. Ang Yeow Nyin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

13:45 – 13:55


Weight Status Differences in the Associations between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Pediatric Hypertension

Hai-Hua Chuang, Weight Management Center, Health Promotion Center, Department of Family Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan (ROC)

13:55 – 14:05


Impact of COVID -19 Induced Lockdown on the Body Weight,Waist Circumference and Blood Pressure in Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents

Dr Priti Phatale, Childhood & adolescent obesity, Samrat Endocrine Institute, India

14:05 – 14:15


Sonographic measurements of abdominal adiposity and atherosclerosis in Hong Kong Chinese obese adolescents

Jamie Cheung, Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

14:15 – 14:25


Examining the relationship between social exclusion, snack intake and body mass index in children

Aimee E. Pink, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 639818, Singapore and Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK

14:25 – 14:35


Social environmental factors influencing preschoolers’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Lee Shoo Thien, Centre for Community Health Studies (ReaCH), Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

14:35 – 14:45


Childhood obesity in lower socio-economic families of Pakistan

Sabeen Abid Khan, Pediatrics, Shifa college of medicine, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Pakistan

14:45 – 15:45

Symposium 7 (10+5 mins)

TITLE: Obesity Treatment & Management

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barakatun Nisak, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

14:45 – 15:00


Setting the multidisciplinary team for morbid obesity

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

15:00 – 15:15


Anti-obesity drugs before and after bariatric surgery

Prof. Dr. Leonard Kim Kyoung Kon, Department of Family Medicine, Gachon University, Seongnam-si, South Korea

15:15 – 15:30


The effectiveness of intermittent fasting in body weight management and its clinical applications

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mo’ez Al-Islam Ezzat Faris, Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

15:30 – 15:45


The REWIND remission programme with low calorie and reduced carbs diets: a dietetic perspective

Ms. Salma Mehar, NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups, London, United Kingdom

15:45– 16:45

Symposium 8 (10+5 mins)

TITLE: Prevention of Obesity

Chair: Prof. Dr. Timothy Gill, University of Sydney, Australia

15:45 – 16:00


Dietary habits and the prevention of obesity in different ethnic groups

Prof. Dr. Rob Van Dam, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore

16:00 – 16:15


Principle of precaution and circumspection: Elements for a strategy of obesity prevention

Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Poulain, Centre d'études et de recherches Travail Organisations Pouvoir (CERTOP), University of Toulouse, France

16:15 – 16:30


Public and Private sectors roles in the food environment of Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Tilakavati Karupaiah, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

16:30 – 16:45


Epidemiology, strategies and real-world actions to prevent obesity in Japan

Prof. Dr. Kazuyo Tsushita, Department of Nutrition, Kagawa Nutrition University, Japan

16:45 – 17:25


Plenary Lecture 3 (30 + 10 mins)

Chair: Prof Leonard Kyoung Kon Kim Vice, President, AOASO

Obesity pharmacotherapy – which treatments really work?

Prof. Dr. John Wilding, Department of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences Centre, Aintree University Hospital, United Kingdom

Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)


END OF DAY 2 – See you tomorrow!

Note: Time indicated is GMT+8 (i.e. Malaysia Standard Time)