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August 2007 Issue
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Is the media unhealthy for our children?


What is it about today's society that's making our kids obese?

Child obesity is a serious health problem throughout the world, and the rate of child obesity in Australia is one of the highest in the world.

Just how big is the problem? What effect has the media had on the rates of childhood obesity? And what are the major health problems associated with obesity?

These are all questions being posed by The Forum, a series of free public discussions being held at the University of Adelaide during Open Day - Sunday 26 August.

The Forum sees panels of leading researchers tackle issues of importance to our society. Each one-hour Forum contributes to public debate, enabling the community to interact with experts in their fields, ask questions, and have a say on the issues.

To be held in the Eclipse Room, Level 4, Union House, The Forum is one of many reasons to visit the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus on Open Day.

The two topics being discussed at The Forum this year are both highly topical and extremely relevant to Australia today:

11.00am - Childhood Obesity: Is it a product of our media culture?
Panellists: Professor Graeme Hugo, Professor Mary Griffiths, Dr Lisa Kettler, Professor Pascale Quester

2.00pm - Is the Australian Government doing enough to ensure the long-term sustainability of the country?
Panellists: Professor Andrew Lowe, Professor Timothy Doyle, Professor Christopher Findlay, Professor Gus Nathan.

The Forum is free and open to all.

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