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5th Canadian Obesity Summit – Four More Days To Submit Your Abstracts!

Every two years the Canadian Obesity Network holds its National Obesity Summit – the only national obesity meeting in Canada covering all aspects of obesity – from basic and population science to prevention and health promotion to clinical management and health policy. Anyone who has been to one of the past four Summits has experienced the cross-disciplinary networking and breaking dow… Read More »

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Why I Am Luke Warm On World Obesity Day

Yesterday, was the 2016 World Obesity Day championed by the World Obesity Federation. No doubt, obesity is a serious global issue, affecting millions of people worldwide. However, the focus of World Obesity Day appeared to be almost entirely on childhood obesity – particularly on its prevention through policy measures. While that is not an unreasonable goal (no doubt food advertising to kids… Read More »

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The Weight Of Living

In its approach to addressing weight bias and discrimination, the Canadian Obesity Network recently launched the “Weight of Living” (WoL) project on its facebook page. Modelled on “Humans of New York”, WoL presents images and stories of Canadians living with obesity in all their diversity and variation. After all, nothing is more effective in breaking down stereotypes and b… Read More »

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My Miniseries on Obesity As a Disease

Over the past weeks, I have presented a miniseries on the pros and cons of calling obesity a chronic disease. Clearly, I am convinced that the arguments in favour, carry far greater chances of effectively preventing and controlling obesity (defined as abnormal or excess body fat that impairs health) than continuing to describe obesity merely as a matter of ‘lifestyle’ or simply a &#821… Read More »

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Arguments For Calling Obesity A Disease #8: Can Reduce Stigma

Next, in this miniseries on arguments for and against calling obesity a disease, I turn to the issue of stigma. One of the biggest arguments against calling obesity, is the fear that doing so can increase stigma against people living with obesity. This is nonsense, because I do not think it is at all possible for anything to make stigma and the discrimination of people living with obesity worse th… Read More »

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