“Obesity should be defined by a person's health - not just their weight”
The Canadian Obesity Society recently published comprehensive new Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Obesity (CPG), which EASO has now officially endorsed.
The CPG, which can be downloaded here https://obesitycanada.ca/guidelines/ provide an evidence and experience based and patient centred framework for health professionals, patients and policymakers.
- Obesity is a prevalent, complex, progressive and relapsing chronic disease, characterized by abnormal or excessive body fat (adiposity), that impairs health.
- People living with obesity face substantial bias and stigma, which contribute to increased morbidity and mortality independent of weight or body mass index.
- This guideline update reflects substantial advances in the epidemiology, determinants, pathophysiology, assessment, prevention and treatment of obesity, and shifts the focus of obesity management toward improving patient-centred health outcomes, rather than weight loss alone.
- Obesity care should be based on evidence-based principles of chronic disease management, must validate patients’ lived experiences, move beyond simplistic approaches of “eat less, move more,” and address the root drivers of obesity.
- People living with obesity should have access to evidence-informed interventions, including medical nutrition therapy, physical activity, psychological interventions, pharmacotherapy and surgery.