There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the potential for ‘precision medicine’ to have a profound impact on how health care is delivered, an approach that takes into account individuals’ unique genetic, physiological, and lifestyle factors. Continue reading
Traditionally, eating disorders and obesity have been viewed as two extremes along the same continuum. While this may be true in terms of weight, these conditions share a lot in common with respect to nutrition and physical activity habits, as well as predisposing factors that lead to unhealthy changes in weight. Continue reading
Most of the research we’ve led over the years relates to obesity management and prevention. However, working with colleagues and trainees in nutrition, a parallel stream of research has focused on food insecurity (FI), a phenomenon that is broadly defined as ‘economic and social conditions that lead to inadequate or uncertain access to quality food’. This week, a new publication showed how these two areas can converge.
A few years ago, we completed an environmental scan of multi-disciplinary clinics in Canada that were dedicated to helping families manage obesity in children and youth. At that time, few clinics were undertaking research to examine the impact of their health services on the health and well-being of participating families. However, things have changed…in a good way! Continue reading
What’s more persuasive – definitive results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled RCT to show treatment A is superior to treatment B or one person’s journey in being diagnosed and treated for a chronic illness? In the end, it depends on context. Continue reading
In recent years, there’s been a lot of public and academic attention highlighting the stigma and stereotypes associated with obesity. However, there’s been just as much (if not more) discourse dedicated to addressing cultural biases related to mental health. Continue reading
It can be easy to lose sight of why we study obesity given the day-to-day demands of our jobs. But in the end, it’s not about getting research grants or publishing papers or acquiring data…..it’s about helping people. In the case of our clinical and health services research in Edmonton, it’s about (1) helping children and youth with obesity (and their families) to be as healthy as possible in both mind and body and (2) helping health care professionals by sharing with them new knowledge and evidence-based resources that can be incorporated into their practices to help prevent and manage obesity.
If anything should be on the ‘required reading list’ for researchers and health professionals working in obesity and weight management, it’s this paper. An insightful, personal perspective from a woman with obesity, including her interactions with health care professionals and the assumptions she’s had to deal with over the years. It’s clear that we (collectively) have a long way to go to provide better support and help to individuals with obesity.