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Mental health issues a missing link in the fight against weight gain

The interplay between obesity and mental health is complex, but “we have not had a public discourse on how tightly these two epidemics are linked,” says Dr. Arya Sharma, professor of medicine and chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta.

Is this supplement a weight-loss miracle?

Arya Sharma, scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network, said that raspberry ketone appears to act on the body by driving stress hormones, which is “the last thing you want,” as that can lead to problems such as increased heart rate.

Battle of the bulge: Does treating obesity as a disease help?

Sharma: “… any discussion about weight must begin with the doctor first asking the patient’s permission. It’s one of the cornerstones of a new roadmap for doctors the network is launching Tuesday. Called the “5 A’s of obesity management” — ask, assess, advise, agree, assist — the checklist is designed to help doctors and other health care workers broach the subject in a sensitive and non-judgmental manner.”

Diet, exercise not enough for some patients

Dr. Arya Sharma, chair of obesity research and management at the University of Alberta, applauds Williams for airing the issue publicly, saying there is a lot of stigma attached to being fat — and even more to using surgery to address the problem.”

Canada faces child obesity epidemic: Aglukkaq

“The biggest costs differences were among obese women and those in the 40 to 59 age group — suggesting that obesity treatment and prevention programs should be targeted at females and the middle-aged obese, said co-author Dr. Arya Sharma, professor of medicine and chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta.”

Disney slammed for anti-obesity attraction Habit Heroes

Dr. Arya Sharma, chair for obesity research and management at the University of Alberta, called the exhibit “appalling on so many levels.”