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Obesity Panacea heads to CSEP 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Posted by Travis Saunders
I am writing this post from the Ottawa airport as I prepare to head to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) annual scientific meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. CSEP is the major Canadian conference for exercise physiologists like ourselves, and it’s always a great chance to see other researchers and practitioners, as well as visiting with old lab mates – Peter and I have only seen each other once since I began my PhD here in Ottawa, so it will be great to see him and the rest of my former labmates from Queen’s. The schedule looks very good this year, with presentations ranging from athletic performance to health and well-being. There is a session this afternoon on the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, and a debate later in the week comparing the effectiveness of Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference in the clinical setting. Peter’s advisor Dr Bob Ross will be arguing for the waist circumference side of the debate, and it should be a very entertaining and informative session.

For our part, Peter and I are both presenting in a session on obesity and health. Peter is presenting data on the effects of weight loss in metabolically healthy obese individuals (if they are already healthy, is weight loss actually bad for them?) and I will be presenting on the positive health effects of a single session of exercise (they are bigger than you might expect). Several good friends of the blog, including Ashlee McGuire, Dr Jen Kuk, and Dr Chris Ardern will also be presenting in the same session, so I am really looking forward to it. Our free communication session starts at 4:30 on Thursday afternoon for anyone who would like to check it out.

If you happen to be in Vancouver this weekend and would like to check out the conference, it will be taking place at the Fairmont hotel downtown. For more info on the conference you can check out www.csep.ca, which has the entire schedule and a list of all the poster and oral presentations. And if you happen to see Peter or myself around the conference, be sure to come up and say hello.

Enjoy the conference!

Travis

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