Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

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Extra! Extra!

5.5We have a very exciting update for our study “Examining obesity-related risk factors using the 4Ms framework (metabolic, mechanical, mental, milieu) in children with excess weight“! Continue reading

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World Obesity Day


For World Obesity Day, the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes profiled obesity researchers from across the country, including yours truly – Team ABC3!

Check out the profiles HERE and the Team ABC3 feature HERE.

You can also take a peek at Dr. Ball’s blog post HERE.

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Team ABC3 in the Spotlight!


Yours truly – Team ABC3 – has been featured in the March issue of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD) newsletter, INMD Connections.

The feature provides a brief overview of what we hope to accomplish in the next 5 years. Check it out here!

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Plan of Action – Manitoba Style

Mapping Pediatric Weight Management Programs in Manitoba

Dr. Kristy Wittmeier, Director of Knowledge Translation at the Manitoba Centre for Healthcare Innovation, recently wrote a guest post on Dr. Sharma’s blog – Obesity Notes. She highlights the pursuit of Manitoba healthcare providers and researchers to build a coordinated provincial strategy to promote healthy weight in children and youth. She notes that although Manitoba has made significant progress in type 2 diabetes research and care, they have made less progress in addressing prevention and treatment of obesity in children and youth. In response, they received funding to pursue a study called “Mapping the state of pediatric weight management programs in Manitoba” in which they will look to the Canadian Pediatric Weight Management Registry (CANPWR) and 8 pediatric weight management clinics in the United States to help inform a Manitoba approach.

We still have a way to go, but with projects like this, Canada is well on its way to shed light on key knowledge gaps in our treatment and prevention of childhood obesity.

Check out her full blog post here.

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It’s Not All About Weight

Stigma affects obese individuals health care Unfortunately, the vast majority of hospitals are under-equipped to accommodate the growing number of overweight patients. One reason is the lack of weight specific designs. In addition, many healthcare providers are apprehensive about working with bariatric patients because of lack of experience and training. This often leads bariatric patients to face indignities and stigma related issues that often hinder their progress to a healthier life.

One of Team ABC3’s very own, Dr. Mary Forhan, addresses these challenges in an article by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. This article highlights the powerful experiences of two bariatric patients and has lead to a CBC Radio Active interview – Improving Care for Patients with Obesity in the Hospital. Keep it up, Mary!