There will be 120 million obese Americans within the next five years—up from 90 million. These numbers are astonishing, and they are a big part of increasing health care expenses due to diabetes and heart issues.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
A Las Vegas National Obesity Summit Keynote 10:30 AM- Noon Monday, October 1 at the Bellagio Hotel (Tower Ballroom) will feature Four-Star General (Ret) and former White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, New Jersey city official (Hightstown Borough Administrator) Mike Theokas who dropped almost 400 pounds from 654, the country’s leading behavioral treatment provider CEO, Andrew Eckert, whose CRC Health Group has 140 facilities across the country, and Eliza Kingsford, Clinical Director of the nationally acclaimed Wellspring at Structure House. The McCaffrey-led panel is entitled, “Obesity—How Can We Address the National Epidemic?”
The Las Vegas event, the Lifestyle Intervention Conference, is the only national conference focused on intervention, food addiction, and recovery, according to Michael Cartwright, conference founder and Chairman of American Addiction Centers, who will introduce McCaffrey. Before serving as the nation’s Drug Czar, Gen. McCaffrey was a division commander in the Gulf War, Commander of all U.S. troops in Latin America, Assistant to Colin Powell at the National Security Council, West Point National Security Professor, and now is a national security and behavioral policy expert in the media.
McCaffrey and the summit will point to new data showing that obesity now costs Americans more in health expenditures than smoking. McCaffrey said, “There will be 120 million obese Americans within the next five years—up from 90 million. These numbers are astonishing, and they are a big part of increasing health care expenses due to diabetes and heart issues. The lives of children and adults are both at stake. We must act nationally and locally.”
In Nevada, the location of the conference, 25% of adults and 34% of youth 10-17 are obese, according to a recent report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
Eckert called addressing obesity “a mission. It’s imperative to help stop the epidemic of obesity at all ages. Our nation and our communities are at risk.”
Theokas has talked about the “different life” he now leads, “life-changing experiences” of being “half the man I used to be,” including traveling more easily, being healthier and feeling far better, and the joy of the world looking at him differently.
Leading industry professionals and experts will attend the three-day conference and be on hand to discuss intervention techniques and treatment solutions.
The keynote session Monday from 10:30AM-Noon, at the Bellagio Hotel’s Tower Room, is open to the media and will be followed in an adjoining area by a press Q&A availability.
About Michael Cartwright
Michael Cartwright has spent the majority of his life either transforming personally or providing the optimal environment for anyone in search of a long-term transformation. Once free from his own addiction and compulsive behavior, Michael opened a halfway house for drug and alcohol addicted, mentally ill victims in one of the most drug-infested neighborhoods in Nashville. At twenty-seven years of age, he opened his first drug treatment center and to date, tens of thousands of people have completed rehabilitative programs at Michael's centers. Appointed by Ted Kennedy to the senate health sub-committee on substance abuse, Michael Cartwright has been at the forefront of addiction treatment for many years and has engineered 15 federally funded studies on dual diagnosis. In 2011, Michael created the Lifestyle Intervention Conference, which is the only national conference that brings all addiction specialties under one roof with the goal of creating a space for the advancement and collaboration in the addiction industry at large. Currently, American Addiction Centers receives tens of thousands of calls each month from people seeking information or help in dealing with some life controlling issue.