A year ago, Obesity Canada (OC) and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons released new adult obesity treatment guidelines. By 2022, OC hopes to have new pediatric guidelines in place, as well.
Canada is spending over $1 billion on much-needed national strategies for most major chronic diseases, but a well-funded plan for an obesity care framework is not among them. We want to make our guidelines the standard of care from coast to coast – but there is a lot of work to be done before a framework can be created.
That’s why OC has dispensed with its traditional committee structure and created new Action Teams – small working groups of experts and graduate students who will focus on conducting strategic research designed to answer key questions and identify important knowledge gaps in key areas related to developing an obesity framework. The goal of each team will be to produce annual, high-impact intelligence that informs the creation of the framework for a national strategy, while also providing contributors’ the opportunity to do meaningful, publishable work. Each Action Team has allocated funds to help advance identified projects. In addition to allocated funds, each Action Team will have a yearly call for nominations for a Student/Trainee Award.
There are four inaugural teams. Click the plus signs to learn more.
The call for 2022 term applications deadline has passed. Keep your eye open for the 2023 term call for applications in late 2022.