Connected Conversations Returns!

Obesity Canada is proud to announce the return of our popular public webinar series, Connected Conversations.  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 fall we return with 2 special episodes related to obesity and pregnancy.

Join Obesity Canada for this special edition of Connected Conversations. In this  second episode we will be talking about weight stigma in pregnancy and postpartum with three exceptional experts. If you missed the first special episode, you can find the recording below!

Dr. Angela Incollingo Rodriguez is an assistant professor of Psychological & Cognitive Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts USA. Over the last several years, she has developed a program of research investigating weight stigma and its consequences in the context of pregnancy and maternal health and has published over a dozen papers on this topic. As an international expert on pregnancy-related weight stigma, Angela collaborates with research teams around the world to understand and eliminate this damaging form of stigma.

Dr. Taniya Nagpal is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alberta with the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation. She completed her PhD from the University of Western Ontario with the Exercise and Pregnancy Lab and Exercise and Health Psychology Lab. Her dissertation work included developing and testing strategies to improve adherence to physical activity in pregnancy, and measuring downstream health outcomes for both mother and newborn. Following this she completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship with The University Ottawa’s Adamo Lab and The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Her research aims to understand health related stigma, such as obesity and weight stigma, from lived experience and implications on healthcare delivery and behaviours.

Dr. Alberga is now an Associate Professor and Tier 2 University Research Chair in Maternal, Child and Youth Weight-Related Issues in the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She leads an interdisciplinary research program on weight-related issues including obesity, weight stigma, eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour.

This series is free and open to the public. To register for this event and to have access to the live event as well as the recording click on link below;

2023 Special Edition Pregnancy Webinars:

2022 Webinars:

How is obesity management impacted by other health conditions and vice versa? with Dr. Sean Wharton

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