Obesity Canada’s Community Action Team has been working diligently and has recently published a cross-sectional study in Obesity Pillars.
Below is the abstract for the paper.
Approximately 15% of Canadian adults live with two or more chronic diseases, many of which are obesity related. The degree to which Canadian obesity treatment guidelines are integrated into chronic disease management is unknown.
We conducted a 12-min online survey among a non-probability sample of 2506 adult Canadians who met at least one of the following criteria: 1) BMI ≥30 kg/m2; 2) medical diagnosis of obesity; 3) undergone medically supervised treatment for obesity; or 4) a belief that excess/abnormal adipose tissue impairs their health. Participants must have been diagnosed with at least one of 12 prevalent obesity-related chronic diseases. Data analysis consisted of descriptive statistics.
One in four (26.4%) reported a diagnosis of obesity, but only 9.2% said they had received medically supervised obesity treatment. The majority (55%) agreed obesity makes managing their other chronic diseases challenging; 39% agreed their chronic disease(s) have progressed or gotten worse because of their obesity. While over half (54%) reported being aware that obesity is classified as a chronic disease, 78% responded obesity was their responsibility to manage on their own. Only 33% of respondents responded they have had success with obesity treatment.
While awareness of obesity as a chronic disease is increasing, obesity care within the context of a wider chronic disease management model is suboptimal. More work remains to be done to make Canadian obesity guidelines standard for obesity care.