Finally – they are here – three years in the making, the 2020 Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines are published today!


These new Guidelines are big news for adults in Canada living with obesity or overweight, and for their health care providers.   Why?  Well, the last obesity guidelines in Canada were published in 2006, and a LOT has changed since then.  In fact, over 60 volunteer Canadian experts have worked tirelessly to review over half a million peer-reviewed articles to update the guidelines, providing up to date information to guide care.  For the first time, each chapter contains key messages for people who struggle with weight, to help guide self care, and to serve as an advocacy tool with which to approach your health care team for help.

A summary article of the 80 recommendations is now published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal  (french version here). All 19 in-depth chapters are available here .   Chapter topics include weight bias, the obesity-mental health link, medical nutrition therapy, medications for weight management (I am the lead author of this chapter),  bariatric surgery, commercial programs, obesity in Indigenous populations, virtual obesity medicine, and more. Each chapter includes recommendations, key messages for healthcare providers, as well as key messages for people living with obesity.

Starting next week, Obesity Canada will be hosting a series of learning webinars to help share these new Guidelines – check out the infographic above for how to register.

Stay tuned to for highlights of the guidelines in coming weeks!


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