Obesity is one of the major health problems in our world and its incidence has increased 800% in the last 15 years. Over 350 million people worldwide are obese and obesity is directly linked to approximately 500,000 deaths per year in western countries. Current predictions include that 80% of Australians will be overweight by 2025. Diet and exercise weight loss programs have had limited sustained success because of the high rate of weight gain in the long term. Other treatments for obesity include various types of bariatric surgery and endoscopic therapies such as intragastric space-occupying devices and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. These treatment modalities as well as novel endoscopic approaches for weight loss will be discussed in the presentation.
Introduction at Conference : John Napoli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a Consultant Gastroenterologist. He has been in clinical practice for over 20 years in both the public and private teaching hospital environment as well as in the Day Hospital setting. John is the current NSW Chapter Chair of Day Hospitals Australia.