Energy Balance and Active Living: Perspectives on Obesity Prevention

Singapore, Singapore


Achieving energy balance has been recognized as one of the key contributors towards weight maintenance and obesity prevention. Recent scientific studies have also shown that energy intake and expenditure change over time in response to one another, integrating the impact of dietary patterns, food components and physical activity, with influence from psychobiological factors such as appetite control and social environment. This half-day seminar brought together several leading international and regional experts in the field of weight management, energy metabolism, physical activity, and behavior, to share current knowledge and understanding on the complex inter-related components to energy balance, as well as new approaches and intervention programs to positively affect lifestyle changes for better health outcomes and obesity prevention.


This symposium aimed to:

  • Address the complex nature of energy balance including the interactive role of dietary components, determinants affecting food choices, physical activity and the environment in weight management
  • Understand the science and benefits of physical activities at different life stages
  • Assess the impact of physical inactivity on public health outcomes
  • Share local and regional intervention programs and best practices that promote active lifestyle
  • Discuss issues and potential strategies and policy towards achieving energy balance in obesity prevention




Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association


Health Promotion Board 


The program is available here.


Appetite Control, Food Choice and Physical Activity - Implications for Energy Balance and Weight Control
Professor John Blundell, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK

Physical Activity and Exercise Across the Lifespan - Implications for Obesity Prevention
Professor Andrew Hills, Centre for Nutrition and Exercise, Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland, Australia

Nutrient Needs for Very Active People - An Update
Dr. Johanna Dwyer, Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Centre, Boston, USA

Physical Activity: Impact on Morbidity and Mortality
Dr. Steven Blair, Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, USA

TAKE10! & EIM in China: Opportunities and Challenges in Promoting Physical Activity and Wellbeing AMong Chinese Population
Mr. Zhengxiong Yang, ILSI Focal Point in China, China

Exercise is Medicine - Lifestyle Prescription for Southeast Asia
Dr. Benedict Tan, Changi Sports Medicine Centre, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Promoting Energy Balance in Singapore
Dr. Robert Sloan, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), Health Promotion Board, Singapore

Final Summary/Key Takeaway Points
Chair: Professor Michael Chia, National Institute of Education, Singapore