A Roadmap for Managing Obesity in Primary Care
Obesity Canada’s 5As of Obesity Management program was designed as a step-by-step framework for busy non-specialists who manage obesity in their patients.
The framework was developed with close to $1 million in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is based on several core principles that emerged from extensive consultations with patients, primary care providers and obesity experts – a process that involved numerous interviews, focus groups and surveys spanning almost three years.
The principles and messages were then crafted and tested among primary care providers at conferences and workshops across Canada. The result is an easy-to-use roadmap that ensures sensitive, realistic, measurable and sustainable obesity management strategies that focus on improving health and well-being, rather than simply aiming for numbers on a scale.