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

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Obesity Science is rapidly evolving and we are constantly learning new things.  What we know today is vastly different than what we knew even 5-10 years ago. It is also a very broad and diverse area of research. Join us for this important conversation with Obesity Canada’s  Scientific Director, Dr. Mary Forhan. With our hosts Lisa Schaffer and Ian Patton, Dr. Forhan will help us understand some of the key takeaways from more recent obesity research, emerging areas of interest as well as the research Obesity Canada has been involved in and where we are going.

Mary Forhan, PhD is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Dr. Forhan is a health researcher who applies occupational and rehabilitation science lenses to research focused on bariatric care and rehabilitation, with the goals of reducing the disability experienced by persons living with obesity; improving the quality of care patients with obesity receive; and, reducing the burden of obesity on the healthcare system.  She is the Scientific Director, Obesity Canada and Vice-President, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

For many Canadians living with obesity, arthritis and joint pain can be a debilitating and limiting comorbidity that severely impacts quality of life. Living with obesity can make the arthritis and joint pain worse and vice versa. Many individuals are turned away from surgical treatment for their joints due to their BMI or told they must lose weight first. This has created a cycle of suffering where someone can’t improve their pain and function due to one condition, until the other is addressed, yet there is limited access to effective treatment for that, meaning neither condition gets managed. Join hosts Lisa Schaffer and Ian Patton along with special guest Dr. Harman Chaudhry as we explore the relationship between arthritis, joint pain and obesity, and dig into the topic of using BMI cut offs for orthopedic treatments.

Dr. Harman Chaudhry is an orthopaedic surgeon in the Sunnybrook Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre in Toronto, Ontario. His clinical practice is focused exclusively on hip and knee reconstructive surgery. He obtained his medical degree (MD) and surgical training from McMaster University, during which time he completed two years of intensive research training in clinical trials and the analysis of ‘big data’ in healthcare. He completed a surgical fellowship at Western University in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction. Dr. Chaudhry has a special interest in complex and revision (i.e., re-do) hip and knee operations.

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2022 Webinars:

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