Dr. Richard Visser to Present Childhood Obesity Research at World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress

LOS ANGELES, September 1, 2005 - Dr. Richard Visser, CEO and founder of SimplyH, LLC, a global health organization, will discuss the issue of childhood obesity and present his clinical research at the 2005 World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress, September 12-14, 2005 in Washington, DC.

Visser's presentation, "Childhood Obesity: An International and Multifactoral Pandemic," will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 from 1:30 ­ 2:10 p.m. at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.

Visser will talk about the current international health status of children, outline childhood obesity risk factors and suggest possible ways attendees can do their part to combat the disease. Primarily, Visser will discuss the international implications of his clinical study, wherein he studied the nutritional state of 3,952 Aruban children ages 6 to 11 through body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure testing. Of these children, approximately 36 percent suffered from excess body weight, with more than 10 percent qualifying as overweight and more than 26 percent as obese. (1)

"The startling results of my study give further weight to the worldwide trend of increasing childhood obesity rates," Visser says. "It is imperative that key players in the manufacturing, service and regulatory industries are well-versed on the many factors surrounding childhood obesity, as they are so often the 'gate-keepers' of healthy children's products and nutritional programs and information."

Visser is also the founder of the Caribbean Obesity Coalition (COCO), which strives to form a collective front for unified Caribbean and Latin American nations in combating childhood obesity. Through his clinical research and initiatives on childhood obesity in Caribbean nations, Visser has identified a great need for a worldwide plan of action entailing intense family and community involvement that encourages parents to establish healthy eating habits for their young children, specifically during the toddler and preschool years.

The second annual World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress, www.obesityandweightloss.com, is an executive forum where the latest information and research on obesity therapeutics, partnerships, products, services and regulatory initiatives are discussed. It brings together key players in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and food and beverage industries to cover topics including: regulatory oversight, marketing and advertising strategies, scientific and investment opportunities and international marketing expansion initiatives.

SimplyH, www.toddlerhealth.net, is based in Los Angeles, Calif., and is a division of Visser Holding Group, established in 1967. The company stands firmly on a foundation of quality by striving to offer products that contain all-natural and organically grown ingredients. Under Visser's direction, SimplyH is the first manufacturer to specifically address the inadequate nutritional intake of children ages 13 months to 5 years with the development of a powdered drink mix as a healthy alternative to added-sugar juices, sodas and milk- and soy-based drinks.

For more information on Visser's presentation, please contact Amanda Holty at 801.538.0777, ext. 106, or [email protected].

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(1) Visser, R., Is obesity a significant problem in Aruban children? 2004.

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