Toronto Chapter

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Welcome To The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Chapter Of Obesity Canada

Help Us Change The Way We View And Tackle Obesity!

At Obesity Canada – Greater Toronto Area (OC-GTA), our aim is to help educate local communities on the complexities of obesity and how to manage it, as well as dismantle the stigma associated with this chronic condition. Our local chapter was formed back in 2015, and embodies Obesity Canada’s three main pillars – respect, knowledge and action. This is something we try to portray in everything that we do so we can help Obesity Canada in their national movement of improving the lives of Canadians with obesity from coast to coast.

We recognize that weight gain and weight loss is attributed to a number of different factors and work hard to provide evidence based research as community facilitators when it comes to knowledge exchange between healthcare providers and the local community. Whether we’re hosting a public event or engaging with stakeholders, our ultimate goal is to create a positive network where everyone feels welcomed and valued. 

Our members are an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers with diverse backgrounds that include health practitioners, educators, fitness professionals, researchers, policy makers and people affected by obesity. 

If you’re just as passionate as we are and want to be part of a brighter future for Canadians, no matter their size, get in touch with us today and join this national movement. 

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If you are interested in joining the Toronto Local Chapter, please email us!


Chair: Dr. Sean Wharton

Vice Chair: Sandra Elia

Founder and Secretary: Priti Chawla

Committee Directors:

Communications and Social Media: Dr. Sandy Van

Education: Mary Bamford

Events: Jan Shepard

Membership:  Jackie Fraser

Sponsorship: Dr. David Macklin

OC-SNP: Chris Ardern

Patient/Community Outreach and Engagement: Ian Patton

Toronto: The High-Risk Patient, with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Join the Obesity Canada GTA Chapter (OC-GTA) for a fascinating look at the correlation between fatty liver and obesity – and how to diagnose and manage patients who develop NAFLD and NASH.  Hear from a patient who experienced significant liver damage when his weight reached [...]

February 7th, 2020|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , , |

Thinking Outside the Box: Leadership and Innovation Insights to Build a Better Health System

Toronto, ON – The Obesity Canada - Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Students and New Professionals (SNP) chapters collaborated to host a knowledge dissemination and networking event on October 8th, 2019. With the focus on pushing the boundaries of current practice, the audience was treated [...]

October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , , |

Gut Feeling: Cooking with probiotics and gut-friendly foods – Recipe included!

On September 23rd, Obesity Canada’s GTA Chapter hosted its first cooking demonstration on gut healthy foods in partnership with Guardian -Morelli’s Pharmacy. Aptly titled, "Gut Feeling: Cooking with probiotics and gut-friendly foods”, the event explored the growing public interest in the microbiome and its impact on health, and how our diet can influence a [...]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: OC News|Tags: , , |

Toronto Waterfront Marathon: Join Obesity Canada on October 20, 2019!

Get your runners ready! Obesity Canada GTA will be joining Obesity Canada and participating in this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20, 2019.  Join us as a registered charity for the event and enjoy discounted registration rates for all distances. Participants who use [...]

September 19th, 2019|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , |

Gut Feeling: Cooking with Probiotics and Gut-friendly Foods ( SOLD OUT! )

SOLD OUT!  Our gut bacteria influence our health and weight in profound ways and feeding our gut bacteria might be the secret to better health. Probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods are gaining popularity due to its health benefits and they can be found in grocery stores [...]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , |

Local GTA Chapter Event: October 8, 2019 Thinking Outside The Box Leadership and Innovation Insights to Build a Better Health System

Join us with Dr. Vipan Nikore MD, MBA, as he takes us on a personal journey in changing the landscape of healthcare service delivery and discovery through innovation and collaboration. This networking event will also feature TED Talks by members of Obesity Canada's Students and New Professionals (SNPs). [...]

September 17th, 2019|Categories: OC News|Tags: , |

Obesity Canada Local Chapters

Obesity Canada has local chapters across the country. Get involved! With over 30,000 members nationwide, Obesity Canada is the largest organization of obesity professionals in the world. As the network spans such a large and diverse geography, there is a need to deploy Obesity Canada [...]

OC-GTA Event Summary – Effective Behavioural Change March 2019

On March 19th 2019, the OC GTA Chapter jointly held a networking and educational event with LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic to explore the behavioural strategies most likely to be associated with sustained weight control. Aptly titled Effective Behavioural Interventions, the event featured three speakers to represent the [...]

April 1st, 2019|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , , |

Effective Behavioural Interventions

Please join us for a conversation as we unpack the details of interventions that support sustained behaviour change. Come and learn the best behavioural strategies most likely to be associated with sustained behaviour change and leave with practical tools proven to support and promote improvements in [...]

March 13th, 2019|Categories: Local Chapters|Tags: , |

Obesity Education Day for Healthcare Providers: Oakville, ON November 10th!

It is with great pleasure we invite you to Obesity Education Day, which will focus on the latest research on obesity management and its complications. Guest Speakers: Dr. Sandy Van - CBT for weight management Dr. Sean Wharton - Future of Obesity medicine - Pharmacology Dr. Megha Poddar [...]

November 7th, 2018|Categories: OC Events|Tags: , |
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