U of A obesity, health experts help update guidelines that shift focus away from the weigh scale and onto health outcomes.
By BEV BETKOWSKI
People living with obesity have a powerful new tool to help them—and their doctors—better understand the condition, thanks to updated Canadian guidelines.
The Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines view the condition through a new lens that doesn’t make stereotyped assumptions about being heavy, said project co-author Arya Sharma, past chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta.
Sharma and other U of A researchers from various faculties joined dozens of Canadian scientists to update the guidelines for defining and treating obesity.
It’s the first update to the guidelines since they were released in 2006 by Obesity Canada.
To shape a more relevant definition of obesity, Sharma, from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, drew on work done on the Edmonton Obesity Stagi...