Obesity Week Roundup: Advocacy, Partnerships and Common Ground

2018-12-04T16:00:26+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Categories: OC News, Policy|Tags: , , , |

Obesity Canada was on hand for Obesity Week, a major scientific conference hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society, in Nashville this past November. With around 6,000 delegates, it is one of the largest collection [...]

Obesity Canada’s Open Letter to Manitoba House Leaders and MLAs Re: Bill 216

2018-11-01T14:52:15+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: OC News|Tags: , |

OPEN LETTER Manitoba House Leaders and Members of the Legislative Assembly, On behalf of Obesity Canada’s 15,000 professional members and 20,000 public supporters, we are writing to express our disappointment with the outcome of yesterday’s Manitoba Committee Meeting where Bill 216 was [...]

Act Now: Manitoba Private Member’s Bill to Include Physical Size/Weight in Human Rights Code

2018-11-01T10:00:45+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: Obesity in the News, OC News|Tags: , |

A Manitoba private member’s bill to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size (Bill 216) died in committee last night (October 31, 2018). Here's what you can do about it (and [...]

Meet Lisa Schaffer, Obesity Canada’s New Public Engagement Committee Chair

2018-10-10T15:52:56+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Categories: OC News|Tags: , , , |

Allow me to introduce myself  –  my name is Lisa Schaffer and I am the newly elected chair of Obesity Canada’s Public Engagement Committee (PEC). I’ve had the opportunity to work with Obesity Canada’s amazing staff, volunteers and funding partners as a [...]

Ask the Expert Issue #1: Dr. Ximena Ramos Salas on Weight Bias and Discrimination

2018-10-10T16:05:04+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Categories: OC News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our Ask an Expert series is your opportunity to engage with world-class obesity experts at Obesity Canada.  Each month, we will solicit questions for some of Canada's top researchers and health professionals to answer. This month, it's Dr. Ximena Ramos-Salas, Managing Director of [...]

Obesity Canada’s Response to the Tragic Story of Ellen Maud Bennett

2018-09-06T16:08:04+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Categories: OC News|Tags: , , , |

Last month, the story of Ellen Maud Bennett gripped the media. Ellen included a message for the world in her obituary, which was published after she passed away from cancer. In it, she chided some of her healthcare practitioners for ignoring her [...]

Tackling Weight Bias in the Classroom: CON-SNP UW’s Weight Bias Module

2018-03-01T14:40:17+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: OC News, SNP, Weight Bias|Tags: |

Today’s guest post comes from Katelyn Godin and Amanda Raffoul. They are both in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  Weight bias and discrimination permeate many aspects of daily life. We witness it in the workplace [...]

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