Symposium 2013

Dr. Stephen C. Benoit

From neurobiology to food selection. An integrated overview

“Food intake can be a learned habit of reward, that is why we should reflect on habits that seem safe in daily life and that can have a direct impact on the obvious increase in the rate of obesity.”

Dra. Sara Elena Pérez-Gil

How culture influences taste and food preferences

“If we think of culture, as nutritionists and health care providers, we have to set the challenge that we cannot get rid of cultural habits, but we can teach patients how to eat correctly. Transformation towards an adequate food consumption should be accomplished using more persuasion to change habits, rather than limiting or banning the consumption of some foods.”

Dr. Adam Drewnowski

Biology: Feeding behavior and the environment

“I am going to introduce a revolutionary idea: to determine the weight and health of a person, the amount of calories may be less important than the place where you live and who you are. Eating behavior is difficult to change because it goes hand in hand with culture.  We are what we eat, but many times we do not know what we eat. Sometimes, socioeconomic factors are even more determinant than genetics regarding this topic.”

Marc Hamilton

Inactivity physiology

The average person in modern societies is now sitting for about 4,000 minutes per week (9-10 hrs/day). The hazardous association between large amounts of sedentary time (or conversely too little time in total activity over the whole day) is largely independent of moderate-vigorous activity, diet, and weight. The inactivity physiology paradigm has proposed a global health opportunity is among us by taking advantage of the previously unrecognized physiological benefits caused by frequent muscle contractile activity that all people can sustain safely and without fatigue in order to replace sedentary time. 

Dr. Héctor Balcázar

Therapeutic Models: Changing Lifestyle

“It is necessary to get people moving with a new therapeutic paradigm to motivate people into a healthy lifestyle. There is future for prevention where habit changes are possible.”

Dra. Lola A. Coke (PhD)

How to achieve permanent lifestyle changes

“We have to address natural resistance all patients have when they face a change of habits. We must not argue with them: instead, they must be personally motivated and express their willing to change."

María Daniela Godoy Gabler

Successful programs in lifestyle modification

“In the program “Choose to live healthy” all sectors of society were involved: government, civil society and private sector. They approached the challenge of habit changes from a multifactorial perspective. In three years, this program reached 83% of the population and achieved a 3.7% decrease in sedentarism rate.”

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