This symposium will provide a global view of why obesity should be treated as a disease. Controversial questions will be addressed which will challenge even those that think obesity is a disease but does not treat it as such. International key opinion leaders will present state of the art data, but also add their philosophical approaches to explain their current points of view.

8:00am Why Is It so Difficult to Convince Others to Treat Obesity as a Disease?
Francesco Rubino, MD
8:30am Why Have We Focused on Treating the Signs of Obesity and not the Symptoms of Obesity?
Carel le Roux, MD PhD
9:00am How Much Weight Loss Do We Need to Effectively Treat the Complications of Obesity?
Donna Ryan, MD