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ORWH Seminar Focuses on 'What's Fat?'

The 1998-1999 ORWH Women's Health Seminar Series, Women's Health Research for the 21st Century, continues at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The 2-hour seminar will focus on "Weight: What's Fat? What's Not? What Can We Do?"

The seminar will include information on gender and ethnic differences in fat metabolism; basic biology of obesity and energy metabolism; and future obesity management -- nutrition, physical activities, behavior and pharmacology.

Dr. Judith Stern, professor of nutrition and of internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, will open the program with an overview. The biology of obesity in weight regulation will be covered by Dr. Michael Schwartz, associate professor of medicine and head of the section of clinical nutrition at the University of Washington.

A panel will examine future obesity management. Panel members will include: Lynn McAfee, director of the medical project at the Council on Size & Weight Management, providing a patient's perspective of barriers to treatment; Dr. Susan Yanovski, director of NIDDK's Obesity and Eating Disorders Program, providing an update on drug treatment for obesity; Dr. Thomas Wadden, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, examining the current status of obesity programs that combine diet, exercise and behavior modification; and Stern, focusing on consumer protection in obesity management programs.

The Women's Health Seminar Series is sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health. For more information, call 402-1770.

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