Public Speaking

Diabetes Obesity Dialogue

October 2019, Paris France

With over 500 delegates from close to 50 countries, it was a testament to the fact that many health care professionals (HCPs) have an interest in these two synergistically entwined chronic diseases.

Melbourne Obesity Masterclass

27 October 2019

Riddle: what does a cardiologist, renal physician, endocrinologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, oncologist, rheumatologist, respiratory physician, gastroenterologist/hepatologist and gynaecologist share in common?

Answer: Patients living with obesity.

Recent ANZOS conference at Sydney ICC

A couple of weeks ago, the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) held it's annual scientific conference. I was asked to Chair the GP Symposium dinner which was well attended. The GPs who participated were very engaged and enthusiastic to learn more about how to help manage their patients living with obesity and to share experiences, ideas,strategies. (this is the best way for adults to learn).

Overcoming the Challenges in the Management of Obesity

Overcoming the Challenges in the Management of Obesity Featured in the photograph, left to right:
Assoc. Prof Michael Talbot, President of the Australian & New Zealand Metabolic Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS)
Prof Arya Sharma, Chair for Obesity Research & Management, University of Alberta Canada
Dr Georgia Rigas, Chair: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Obesity Management Network
Assoc. Prof Sof Andrikopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Diabetes Society

Dr. Georgia Rigas Appeared on Michael Mosley's Reset

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Obese patients have the will, but can’t find the way

“Obesity is not due to lack of willpower or moral fibre,” Dr Georgia Rigas, the chair of the RACGP Obesity Network and a co-author of the study, said. “No one chooses to have obesity.”

Measuring the BMI and waist circumference of all patients every two years should be the norm in general practice, she said.

“This study highlights the need to take affirmative action to stop fat shaming and weight stigma which is rife in the community and among healthcare professionals.”

Obesity Australia Summit 2018: A new approach to a growing problem

Dr. Rigas is a well-known public speaker on issues related to obesity. She delivered a talk on behalf of the RACGP, to the Obesity Summit in Canberra ACT. In the past, she has participated in public-speaking events around the globe including Sweden, Athens, Vienna, and London.

Dr. Georgia Rigas talks about the effects of obesity & what you can do

Dr. Rigas talks about the growing obesity problem on 10 News First

Dr. Rigas talks about the obesity epidemic

We can call this an epidemic’: Obesity rates double in 10 years

According to Dr Rigas, children with obesity are predisposed to type 2 diabetes, premature arthritis of the knees, fatty liver, infertility and other physical health concerns. There are also the emotional effects of obesity, which include bullying, depression, anxiety, and a higher rate of leaving school early, which then negatively impacts their future job prospects.

  • The University of New South Wales
  • Obesity Australia
  • ANZMOSS – Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society
  • Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Care Specialist
  • Strategic  Centre for Obesity Professional Education
  • World Obesity