2019 Canadian Obesity Summit Presentations

COS 2019: Mini Review 03, Pecha Kucha 01, Wednesday Lunch Symposium

COS 2019: Mini Review 03, Pecha Kucha 01, Wednesday Lunch Symposium

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Video footage of the third mini review session (Health Canada/Heart and Stroke: Healthy Eating Strategy), the first Pecha Kucha session (Food Environments) and the Wednesday Lunch Symposium (Take Action: Finding Common Ground to Improve Obesity Management).

Mini Review 03: Health Canada/Heart & Stroke: Healthy Eating Strategies

Dr. Alfred Aziz - Canada’s New Food Guide


This session will be an opportunity for participants to learn about the development (evidence base, engagement) of the revised Canada’s Food Guide and to understand what is new in the revised Food Guide.

Dr. William Yan - Food Labelling


To better appreciate how Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy can help support Canadians concerning the prevention of chronic diseases and reduction of obesity.

Manuel Arango - Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy: A Heart & Stroke persepective


Understand the role that NGOs such as Heart & Stroke played in the Federal Healthy Eating Strategy.

Understand the impact that the Federal Healthy Eating Strategy will have on the nutritional health of people living in Canada.

Pecha Kucha 1: Food Environments

PK1.1: Abstract: 4098; Title: An Evaluation of Voluntary Commitments Made by Major Food Companies in Canada to Improve the Nutritional Quality of their Products; Speaker: Laura Vergeer, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

PK1.2: Abstract: 4106; Title: The Influence of Sugar Taxes and Front-of-Package Nutrition Labels on Consumer Purchases of Protein, Calcium and Fibre; Speaker: Rachel B. Acton, University of Waterloo, ON.

PK1.3: Abstract: 4088; Title: Global Benchmarking of Unhealthy Food and Beverage Advertising to Children on Television: How Does Canada Measure Up?; Speaker: Monique Potvin Kent, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

PK1.4: Abstract: 4133; Title: Obesity in Canada - Understanding the Numbers; Speaker: Karen C. Roberts, Public Health Agency of Ottawa, ON.

Wednesday Lunch Symposium: Take Action: Finding Common Ground to Improve Obesity Management

Chair: Dr. David Lau, BSc, PhD, MD, FRPC(C); Professor, Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Calgary; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary.


Dr. Shahebina Walji, Calgary Weight Management Centre (CWMC)

Description: Despite a consensus among Canadians and global health organizations that obesity is a chronic, progressive medical disease, there remain discrepancies between patient and healthcare provider perspectives on obesity. From willingness and responsibility to start the conversation, to understanding its clinical management, these discrepancies create barriers to effective treatment of obesity. This program aims to explore the different attitudes and beliefs of patients and healthcare providers on obesity, while highlighting the recommended approaches to its management, including pharmacotherapy, as well as practical strategies to overcome key barriers.

Learning Objectives:

To establish an understanding of the complex biological, psychological and environmental factors that lead to obesity as a chronic disease.

To integrate practical solutions to overcome biases and barriers in obesity management in primary care.

To distinguish between approaches to obesity management and utilize these approaches in clinical practice, including available pharmacotherapy options.