Connected Conversations

Obesity Canada is proud to announce the launch of Connected Conversations, a new webinar series hosted by patient advocates Lisa Schaffer and Ian Patton. These webinars will aim to serve our three pillars of research, education and advocacy by digging into important topics surrounding obesity. Connected Conversations will bring together academics, health professionals and individuals living with obesity for meaningful discussions that will bridge the gap between the science and real world application.  This year the focus of Connected Conversations will cover these important issues: 

  • Diet culture and its impact on understanding obesity
  • Fighting for care: obesity treatment in Canada
  • Innovating obesity care in Canada

This series is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Guest Speaker, Dr. Sean Wharton

How is Obesity Management Impacted By Other Health Conditions and Vice Versa?

December 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST

Obesity is a complex chronic disease, and one that is linked to many other health conditions. How do these health conditions impact obesity management and how does obesity management impact how these related conditions are managed? Join our hosts as they talk to Dr. Sean Wharton about this important topic and dig into the complex world of modern day obesity management.

Dr. Wharton has his doctorate in Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the medical director of the Wharton Medical Clinic, a community based internal medicine weight management and diabetes clinic. He is an adjunct professor at McMaster University in Hamilton and York University in Toronto. He was also academic staff at Women’s College Hospital, and clinical staff at the Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Wharton’s research focuses on bariatric medicine and type 2 diabetes. He is the co-lead author of the Canadian Obesity Guidelines

Dr. Wharton is involved in activism to achieve health equity in Canada. He founded the BMSA (Black Medical Students Association) at the University of Toronto in 2000. The BMSA is now a recognized mentorship organization across Canada.

Register for free!

2022 Webinars:

First Point of Contact: Obesity management in primary care with Dr. Tasneem Sajwani

The role of mental health in obesity management with Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Endometrial Cancer & Obesity: Knowledge is Power with Dr. Sarah Sinasac

Bariatric Surgery: What does long-term success look like? with Dr. Judy Shiau

Not Until You Lose Weight! Why obesity is a barrier for arthritis and joint pain treatment, and should it be? with Dr. Harman Chaudhry

A Reason For Change: The evolution of obesity science, where we are coming from and where we are going with Dr. Mary Forhan

Ready For Change: Rethinking behaviour change in obesity management with Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley

Fads, Food & Facts: How diet culture undermines obesity care (and what you can do about it) with Jennifer Brown, RD

The Shape of Things to Come: A Body of Work on Weight and Health with Amber Huett-Garcia

A New Era of Obesity Medications – What are they, how do they work, and are doctors prepared to prescribe them? with Dr. Sue Pedersen

2021 Webinars:

Fighting for Care with Dr. Sharadh Sampath

Innovating Obesity Care in Canada with Dr. Ali Zentner

Diet Culture and Its Impact on Understanding Obesity with Dr. Michael Vallis