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The Third Pan-American Conference on Obesity (PACO) will be a 3 day event and will be held on June 6-8, 2013 at The Westin Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba

The First Pan American Conference on Obesity, with special attention to Childhood Obesity (PACO I) was held in Aruba from June 8-11, 2011. Experiences and lessons learned were analyzed by attendees to send "The Aruban Call for Action on Obesity: Throughout Life… at All Ages" to the United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases.

The Second Pan American Conference on Obesity, with special attention to Childhood Obesity (PACO II) was held in Aruba from June 15 – 16, 2012. The conclusions and recommendations of PACO II were sent to the ministers of all the countries of the Americas as well as to the Inter- American Meeting at Ministerial Level on Health and Agriculture (Chile, July 26 – 27, 2012) and Pan American Sanitary Conference (USA, 2012).

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Proceedings of the Second Pan American Conference on Obesity with special attention to childhood obesity and a workshop, 'Education for childhood obesity prevention: A life-course approach'

The first Pan American Conference on Obesity (PACO I) was held in Aruba in June 2011 and was attended by a wide variety of professionals including scientists, clinicians, Ministers of Health and other government officials from a number of Caribbean, Latin American and North American countries. The conference focused on childhood obesity and the participants discussed public health policies that addressed the problem of childhood obesity. These included multi-level, comprehensive strategies to address childhood obesity based on three principles: (a) that primordial and primary prevention with a life-course approach should be the central component of national programs to stop the obesity epidemic, (b) that the multi-level focus should be working across all sectors to modify the 'obesogenic' environment that facilitates a positive energy balance and excess weight gain and (c) that developing self-care skills, meaning actions taken by the individual to protect and promote their health and the health of their children, is imperative. At the same time, it was acknowledged that the 'obesogenic' environment shows wide variability across countries, and therefore any concerted regional action plan must allow for flexibility and adaptation to each local situation. Finally, education was identified as a critical component for the promotion of health and the prevention of childhood obesity.

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Aruba's national plan on the issue of obesity Network of professionals working in obesity research Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Pan American Health and Education Foundation America's Move to Raise A Healthier Generation of Kids Proyecto Resplandor International Organización Mundial de Estimulación, Educación y Desarrollo Infantil Asociacion Mundial de Educacion Especial World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence SIAC | Sociedad Interamericana de Cardiologa The Caribbean Public Health Agency International Olympic Committee Aruba.com World Bank