Do diets really work—and, if so, what type?  Find out when the Lafayette Health Series returns with its seventh annual installment of challenging and fascinating discussions about community health. This year’s topic is “Weighing in on Fat: What makes us obese and what we can do about it,” and it runs from 7-9pm on Thursday, September 27 in the David Lam Auditorium.

With so much information about dieting and exercise at our disposal, why is it most nations claim that obesity is at a crisis level? And how is it that human beings are said to be on average three times heavier than they were just in the 1960s?

Find out the answers to these and other provocative questions when the Lafayette Health Series invites their special guests to talk about the latest science which will help us better understand the biology involved to effectively maintain a healthy body weight.

This year’s speakers include:

• Priya Manjoo, MD FRCPC, Endocrinologist—speaking on the biology and metabolic activity of the fat cell

• Mary Kay Nixon, MD FRCPC Child and Youth Psychiatrist—who will address current thoughts on why we eat and overeat

• Hanh Huynh, PHD Scientist and medical educator—who will speak on the biology of prevention (“Diabesity Prevention: It is in our hands and we can do it!”)

In addition, Allen Hayashi (MD FRCS(C), General and Pediatric Surgeon, Head Division of General Surgery) will be the panel facilitator and will make some comments on bariatric surgery, and Darlene Hammell (MD CCFP Assistant Dean Student Affairs) of UVic’s Island Medical Program will offer the closing commentary.

The Lafayette Health Awareness Series began in 2006 with a dialogue on the topic of breast cancer, which impacted the Lafayette String Quartet profoundly when one of its members was diagnosed and treated in 2001. The Lafayette Health Awareness Forum was then created to provide expert and updated health information to the public in a free forum on various health topics.

With the quartet’s experience that what affects one will eventually affects us all, it was their wish to offer some tangible way to share with the community their gratitude for this universal connection. The Lafayette Health Awareness Forum continues to bring this interconnection to our local community and provides the opportunity for specialists, health professionals and the general public to meet and dialogue on important health topics.

Tickets to this event are free, but you can reserve a seat by emailing