International meeting focuses on whether 'Size matters?'

Issue date: 28 April 2009

Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE 22 June 2009, Watershed, Bristol

What are the psychosocial consequences of being large? Is weight loss surgery becoming the norm? Can you be healthy at any size?

The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England will explore these and other pressing issues around weight and obesity in 'Size Matters?' – a one day meeting being held at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol on 22 June 2009.

'Size Matters?' will cover current medical, psychosocial and critical approaches to understanding and managing body weight. International and UK speakers will present papers on these approaches with room for discussion and debate.

Professor Nichola Rumsey, VTCT Professor of Appearance Psychology and Co-Director of CAR says, “Our expert speakers include academics and practitioners internationally acknowledged for their work in this field. The meeting covers psychosocial and surgical interventions aimed at reducing body weight in those who are large, as well as taking a critical look at what impact these treatments can have on those who seek them.”

The speakers are: Professor Jane Ogden (University of Surrey); Dr Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert (Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath); Professor Andrew Hill (University of Leeds); Professor Michael Gard (Charles Sturt University, Australia); Lucy Aphramor (NHS and Coventry University); Dr Meredith Jones (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia); Professor Nichola Rumsey (Centre for Appearance Research, UWE).

'Size Matters?' is the latest in a series of highly successful conferences organised by CAR that specifically highlight current psychosocial research, theory and good practice around appearance-related issues.

The CAR conference series is targeted towards those with an interest in issues around the psychology of appearance, including psychologists, medics, unit managers, specialist nurses, dieticians, health policy makers, academics, postgraduate students, researchers, sociologists and representatives of charities.

There is a strong international feel to the meetings, with speakers at 'Size Matters?' from both UK and Australian Universities and with previous conferences having attracted delegates from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland in addition to those from across the UK.

For more information about this year's conference see: 'Size Matters?'

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