Obesity from Research to Practice A Symposium held at Beirut Arab University

19 April 2024


The Faculty of Health Sciences at Beirut Arab University, in cooperation with the Lebanese Order of Dietitians, organized an international symposium entitled "Obesity: An Update of Evidence from Research to Practice" in the presence of the President of Lebanese Order of Dietitians, Professor Nahla Hwalla, Secretary General of Beirut Arab University, Dr. Omar Houri, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Rajaa Fakhoury, faculty deans, faculty members, dietitians and a crowd of students and interested people.
The symposium started with the Lebanese and university anthems, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Rajaa Fakhoury welcomed the attendees, stressing the effort needed to address the global obesity challenges, noting the importance of this symposium in building the bridge between research discoveries and practical applications to positively affect public health outcomes related to obesity.
Then the President of the Lebanese Order of Dietitians, Professor Nahla Hwalla, delivered a presentation in which she emphasized the order’s role in Lebanon, in confronting obesity and encouraging dietitians to join the order.
Professor Marwan Ghosh, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, then presented the European Guideline for the Application of Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diets (VLCKD) in Adult Obesity Management. In his lecture, he described the latest developments regarding the interaction between muscles, lipids and bones under the umbrella of obesity, concluding his presentation with clinical usefulness in studying phenotypes of obesity.
Dr. Hanen Samouda, from Luxembourg Institute of Health, talked about obesity in terms of root causes, diagnosis and treatment, citing obesity as a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, and offered some practical assessment tools such as "visceral fat calculator."
The leading presentation in the symposium was the joint presentation of Prof. Ghosh and Dr. Samouda about the new approach to meet patients' needs, through patient-centred communication during obesity management and emphasized the importance of personal approaches in obesity treatment.
The symposium concluded with an important session in which Professor Ghosh shared experiences from EASO-COM, providing valuable insights into the organization and use of research results in obesity management.
This symposium confirmed the success of academic excellence and also confirmed the commitment of Beirut Arab University in promoting health outcomes by integrating research eviden.