Professors of XJTLU Public Lecture: Obesity: A Global and Canadian/Chinese Perspective


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

IR-G16 (South campus)


  • Time: 17:30-19:00
  • Date: March 15
  • Venue: IR-G16 (South campus)
  • Language: English
  • Speaker: Professor John Moraros


Global obesity/overweight rates have nearly tripled since 1975, according to WHO. These concerning statistics have been the subject of intense study and debate among various countries looking for solutions and frequently highlighted by news outlets and scientific journals (medicine and public heath). However, the growing rates of obesity/overweight are not an exclusive Western problem. In fact, the prevalence of obesity/overweight is increasing at an alarming rate in many countries across the world including China. Obesity/overweight are common chronic conditions that increase the risk of numerous health problems, many of which are potentially life-threatening, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and mental health issues. It is especially difficult to lose weight among those suffering from obesity/ overweight, as it is a complex condition created by diverse genetic, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic pathways. Unfortunately, no country has shown any significant progress in effectively tackling its obesity/overweight problem over the last 30 years. This universal failure suggests that we need to rethink our approach and consider designing and implementing innovative national policies and programmes focusing on our pediatric and young populations.

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Professor John Moraros, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean of the School of Science

Professor John Moraros is an internationally recognized leader, scholar and senior administrator in the fields of public health, epidemiology/health disparities and higher education. Professor Moraros is the new Dean and Professor, School of Science, XJTLU. His research areas encompass Community/Public Health, Health Disparities, Inequities/Inequalities, Social Determinants of Health, and Minority/Marginalized Populations Health. He maintains an active interdisciplinary teaching and research agenda. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in highly respected scientific journals and has given more than 60 scientific presentations in various national and international conferences. Professor Moraros research is predicated on evidence-based, community participatory approach, leading to practical and effective public health interventions and utilizes culturally appropriate strategies to help empower minority/vulnerable populations.

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