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UK Congress on Obesity 2019 – Public Event – ‘Show and Tell’

11th September 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) is hosting a public event where an expert panel will defend their opinions on things that they believe influence obesity


In this ‘show and tell’ event, a panel of experts and representatives of the public will nominate and comment on objects or entities that they feel have played a role in obesity, both positively and negatively. The audience will be asked to participate using a voting App on their phones; voting on their preferred objects at the beginning and end of the event. 

The objects will be displayed at the annual UK Congress of Obesity (UKCO), which is being held in the same week in Leeds.

The Panel

Dr Giles Yeo                                

Geneticist and Scientific Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics Core at University of Cambridge, President of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology and presenter for BBC Horizon and ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’

Professor Janet Cade                

Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health at University of Leeds with over 300 papers, abstracts and book chapters in this area

Dr Dimitri Pournaras                 

Bariatric surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust with a research portfolio on obesity, diabetes and metabolic surgery

Dr Pia Christensen                      

Assistant Professor of Obesity at Institute of Nutrition, Exercise & Sports, University of Copenhagen

Dr Abd Taharini                            

NIHR Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham, Honorary Consultant in Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Lead for Weight Management Research and Diabetic Neuropathy Services at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Maggie Clinton                             

Maggie Clinton describes herself as a ‘lifelong sufferer’ of obesity.   However, she refused to be defined by her obesity despite the prejudices of society toward people of higher weight and obesity.  As a founding member the Obesity Empowerment Network UK, Maggie works with closely clinicians to ensure that the voice of those who suffer from higher weight and obesity is heard clear and loud.  ‘Nothing about us without us ‘.


The event, which will be chaired by Dr Anthony Leeds, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm

We recommend Taxi company ‘City Cabs’ if you are planning to arrive by taxi. This company caters for wheelchairs and people with mobility issues.


  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access, Assistive Listening System, Level access

  • Accessibility information: Entry is via the front of the lecture theatre where there is level access into the room. There are two waiting spaces for wheelchairs with swing-out adjustable resting surfaces. Seating is tiered and fixed and there are arm rests on the front row of chairs. An infra red assistive listening system is fitted in this room. To use this facility an IR receiver is needed. If you have a receiver, you can sit anywhere in the room where you have a clear view of the presenter. 

  • Accessibility directions: Go through the wheelchair side entrance, through two sets of double doors, the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre is just on your right.


Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre
Beech Grove Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9DA
Leeds, LS2 9DA United Kingdom

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