Understanding and Overcoming Obesity
All stakeholders, elected officials and citizens with an interest in human health are concerned about the steady increase in the percentage of obese persons in wealthy societies. The phenomenon is creating a vital need to develop obesity prevention and energy balance (i.e., the difference between calories consumed and calories burned) management strategies as quickly as possible. Angelo Tremblay, a professor at Université Laval, heads one of the world's two most productive research groups in the study of obesity predisposition factors (e.g., nutrition and physical activity).
Dr. Tremblay has made several important scientific breakthroughs. For example, he was the first researcher to show that the positive effect of physical exercise on energy balance was nutrition-dependent. An organizer of the 2001 Congress of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, he is part of an important international network of researchers. The Chair that he will head has several objectives, including: the identification and characterization of the factors that can affect energy balance; the development of new tools for measuring energy balance components in the context of daily living (using, among other things, the grocery bills of the subjects participating in the study); and the creation of new methods for evaluating the metabolic profiles of individuals. Dr. Tremblay and his team will use equipment that will enable them to accurately measure daily energy expenditure, and to study the physiological profile of the hyperactive child.