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Lighting the Olympic Torch for Obesity

Arya Sharma lighting the Olympic Torch, Jan 15, 2010, Camrose, Alberta

Yesterday, I had the privilege of leading a team on behalf of the Canadian Obesity Network and the CON-Students and New Professionals at the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

As I noted in the accompanying press release

It’s an honour to participate in a truly national effort to celebrate Canada’s shining moment on the world stage. The spirit of the Olympic Games reminds us of the heroic efforts people who suffer from the debilitating effects of obesity have to make every day, and of the national and international collaborations under way to prevent and treat this disease.

We are proud to carry the Torch on their behalf.



  1. Great work Arya. You look great up there. Did you actually have to run a bit? Standing in the cold also uses up energy. Hope you had a protein shake after that. Again, great work, this was a great way to spread the word about the Western World’s #1 health problem.
    Dr. Sean Wharton, MD, Wharton Medical Clinic

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  2. Congratulations Dr. Sharma,
    My 6 year old daughter and I have been following the torch relay across Canada. It must have been a proud moment for you and your team.

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  3. It is so important to spread the word about the harmful effects of obesity. We need to focus our efforts on teaching people how to enjoy all foods in the context of an overall healthy lifestyle. Leading an overall healthy lifestyle requires us to make healthy changes in 4 main areas: nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep. For more information, see my book, “How To Eat Fried Chicken and Be Thin Too” on Amazon or at

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  4. Well done Arya! and good for you to use this as an opportunity to highlight the disabling effects of obesity.

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