Which is more important for weight loss and weight maintenance: diet or exercise? It’s a contentious issue that monopolizes headlines with annoying regularity. On May 12th (next Thursday) Dr Yoni Freedhoff and Dr Bob Ross will attempt to put this issue to rest once and for all with a debate at the University of Ottawa titled “Forks vs Feet – Which is More Critical To Obesity Treatment and Prevention”. Not surprisingly, it is shaping up as an exciting event for anyone with a personal or professional interest in body weight and health.
Drs Freedhoff and Ross will likely be familiar names to regular readers of Obesity Panacea. Dr Freedhoff is Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute here in Ottawa, Chair of Family Medicine for the Canadian Obesity Network, and uber popular blogger. Dr Ross is one of Canada’s most well-known obesity researchers, publishing seminal studies on the relationship between exercise, body weight, and body fat distribution. He is a Full Professor at Queen’s University, and the Director of their Centre for Obesity Research and Education. (Full Disclosure: He was also the supervisor for my MSc, and Peter’s MSc and PhD)
Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of hearing both Dr Freedhoff and Dr Ross speak on numerous occasions, and they are both highly entertaining and charismatic presenters. Although this debate will focus on the science behind weight management, it will be of value to anyone with an interest in the subject – if you read Obesity Panacea or Dr Freedhoff’s blog Weighty Matters, this debate will definitely be of interest to you. In particular, if you are a dietitian (or nutritionist), personal trainer, physician, nurse practitioner, or any other health care worker who deals with obesity and weight management on a regular basis this event will be extremely useful to you.
The debate will take place from noon until 1:30pm on May 12 in Room 2005 in the Roger Guindon building at the University of Ottawa Health Sciences Complex (the building is sandwiched between the Ottawa General Hospital and the CHEO). For a map of the site, click here. The event is FREE, and light refreshments will be provided.
If you are in the Ottawa-Gatineau area (or within driving distance), then I highly recommend that you come to the event in person. These two men are two of Canada’s most highly respected obesity experts, and it’s an amazing opportunity to hear them debate this topic live.
For those who can’t make it to Ottawa on the 12th, we will also be live-streaming the event using Talk Shoe. The live-stream will begin at 11:55 am on May 12th, and you can logon here. We are working on live-streaming video of the event as well, but this is a bit more technically challenging – if we manage to get the video stream working I will be sure to let everyone know where they can tune-in.
UPDATE: We will now be live-streaming the video through Justin.tv. You can see the debate live at Justin.tv/travissaunders, or simply watch it on the video player that I have embedded below. The broadcast will begin at about 11:55 to make sure that everything is up and working before the debate itself gets going.
We will also be recording both video and audio of the debate, which will be posted here following the event.
I’m looking forward to seeing you on the 12th! We are expecting a good turn-out and have limited seating, so please come a few minutes early if you want to make sure you can find a seat and a free snack!