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Kirstan Corben, Alfred Health: Developing a Health Promotion Approach to Tackle Social Determinants of Obesity, Lifestyle and Healthy Food

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Kirstan Corben, Lead for Population Health and Health Promotion, Alfred Health delivered this presentation at the 2013 Social Determinants of Health conference. The conference brought together health, …

Kirstan Corben, Lead for Population Health and Health Promotion, Alfred Health delivered this presentation at the 2013 Social Determinants of Health conference. The conference brought together health, social services and public policy organisations to discuss how social determinants affect the health of the nation and to consider how policy decisions can be targeted to reduce health inequities. The agenda facilitated much needed discussion on new approaches to manage social determinants of health and bridge the gap in health between the socially disadvantaged and the broader Australian population. For more information about the event, please visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/social-determinants.

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  • 1. Developing a Health Promotion Approach to Obesity Kirstan Corben Lead for Population Health and Health Promotion Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia k.corben@alfred.org.au
  • 2. My grade 5 buddy • One day in 1989…
  • 3. It’s a big issue $58 billion cost to Australia annually 10.8 million Australians are overweight or obese 3% of successful weight loss is sustained at three years equal to smoking as a preventable cause of death double incidence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • 4. It’s a little about genetics It’s a lot about environment • Urbanisation, motorisation, automation • ‘Free market’ food industry • ‘Passive’ over consumption • Entertainment • Pleasure • Easy to achieve (and sustain for a very long time): – Excess energy intake – Minimal energy expenditure • Weight gain is the expected outcome
  • 5. We’re a leading health service…