What is the Right Mix of Awareness, Motivation, Skills and Opportunity in Weight Control?

James Hill Keynote What is the Right Mix of Awareness, Motivation, Skills and Opportunity in Weight Control?

James Hill, PhD

Anschutz Professor of Health and Wellness Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine


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Despite the fact that over one third of Americans are obese, our success in long-term weight management is poor. I will briefly review our current success in producing and maintaining weight loss. While we can effectively produce weight loss in the short-term with a variety of methods, maintaining weight loss has proven difficult. This presentation will discuss the factors that must be addressed in reducing obesity both at an individual and population level. I will describe what we have learned from studying individuals who have succeeded in long-term weight loss (learning from success) and how we have applied that to create a new and more effective type of weight management we call transformative weight management. I will discuss the behavioral model underlying that program. Finally I will discuss what it will take to reduce obesity at the population level.

Presenter Bio

James O. Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Founding Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. He is also Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology. He was Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997. He was President of The Obesity Society (TOS) 1997-8 and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) 2008-9. He was a member of the NIH Expert Panel on Obesity that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. Dr. Hill has published more than 600 scientific articles and book chapters. Many of these focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management. He is the recipient of the several awards from The Obesity Society and from the American Society for Nutrition. He is the 2012 Atwater Lecturer for the US Department of Agriculture. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight. He is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes to prevent weight gain. He is the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004 and the State of Slim published in August 2013.