A delegation from the Mediterranean Diet foundation will attend the proceedings of the Nutrition Society’s Winter Meeting that will take place on December 6th till the 7th at the Royal College of Physicians in London UK.
The Mediterranean Diet foundation, based in Spain, was formed in 1996 with the sole aim to preserve the lifestyle of the Mediterranean people, a lifestyle which was translated to a diet and has been around for more than 4 thousand years.
The Nutrition Society was established 70 years ago, in 1941, and its purpose was to enable the advancement of the scientific study of nutrition, as well as its application to the maintenance of health. The Nutrition Society is highly regarded within the scientific society not only in Europe but worldwide.
This year’s meeting is the 70th anniversary meeting of the society and its title is: ‘’Body weight regulation – food, gut and brain signalling’’. People who have adopted the Mediterranean Diet know very well the importance of body weight regulation and how this is correlated with the intake of the Mediterranean food and the subsequent communication between the gut and the brain.
The people that are called to attend this meeting are professionals and scientists, such as Nutritionists, Dieticians, academics and people in the food industry. Attendees, mostly from Europe and the USA, will gain a wider understanding of many concepts and topics within the area of nutrition and communication of gut and brain.
The program of the meeting has indeed some very interesting topics. The presenters are experts and scientists from universities in Europe and USA. The starting plenary session is about how Ghrelin and neurons anticipate food. Following the plenary there are a number of lectures on food-gut interactions and how nutrient and sensing and signalling is achieved by the gut. This is followed by another interesting lecture on the receptive functions of the brain and how this affects the energy balance.
A second plenary session within the first day, in the afternoon of the 6th of December, deals with the emotional and metabolic drives that make us eat with the question open to all: Who is the boss for eating? Dieting and bariatric surgery is the topic of one of the lectures giving the right perspective on these issues.
Taste, one of the 5 senses, is very important in the Mediterranean diet and the topic of the second day’s plenary deals with taste and how this interacts with satiety signals in the brain. The eating behaviour of the Mediterranean people is registered in the Mediterranean diet and a whole lecture is dedicated to the food-induced brain responses and the eating behavior that follows.
The Nutrition Society’s winter meeting will also give the chance to professionals like Dieticians to interact and exchange ideas about the various diets and the trends followed by people worldwide. This is one of the reasons the people from the Mediterranean Diet foundation will attend.
Mediterranean diet and the dieticians and nutritionists that support this diet need to be updated scientifically about the recent developments in the areas such as the topics addressed in this meeting since these developments affect the health of the people they advise and support.