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, 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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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Bariatric surgery is one of the effective evidence-based treatment options available for the management of obesity. For someone living with obesity, the process of getting a referral through orientation to a bariatric program, getting surgery and then care after surgery can be a bit intimidating. Join us for this edition of Connected Conversations where we will speak with Dr. Judy Shiau about what long-term success looks like for bariatric patients and how to best prepare for that.

Dr. Judy Shiau is a General Internist and the Medical Director of LEAF Weight Management Clinic®, a community-based multidisciplinary academic bariatric clinic in Ottawa, Ontario. The key principles of LEAF (Live.Eat.Activity.Forever.) are to help individuals live a rich and meaningful life, while managing long term weight. LEAF specializes in empowering patients to engage key behavioural skills of weight management and complement their care with effective medical treatments.

Dr. Shiau is an Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Ottawa. She is also the Program Director for the Bariatric Medicine Fellowship program. In this role, she trains next generation physicians on how to best help their patients living with overweight or obesity. Dr. Shiau also lectures to second-year medical students as part of the obesity medicine curriculum at the University of Ottawa.

She is the lead-author of the ‘Post-Operative Management for Bariatric Surgery’ chapter in the 2020 Canadian Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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2022 Webinars:

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