Yet Another Conference: Canadian Obesity Student Meeting 2018

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June 24, 2018 by Nadia E. Browne

On June 20-22, 2018, I had the pleasure of attending the 6th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting in London, Ontario with a fellow graduate student (Maryam Kebbe). This conference offered new insights into obesity research from junior researchers, physicians and persons living with obesity.

At the opening ceremony, Dr. Arya Sharma (Founder, Canadian Obesity Network [CON]) shared with conference attendees that there’s no cure for obesity. This was such an eye-opener and reminder of the work that still needs to be done for the prevention and management of obesity. He also announced the name change of CON to Obesity Canada (OC).

“I’ve never cured obesity…”

                                         Dr. Arya Sharma

Hearing from Brendon Goodman (Committee member, CON Public Engagement), a person living with obesity, that clinicians need to rethink their approach to obesity management; instead of telling patients what to do to change unhealthy lifestyle habits, they should help them facilitate changing these lifestyle behaviours. This resonated with me as our RMI-Family interview is based on tenets of motivational interviewing (a goal-oriented, patient-centered counselling style) that can help to measure families’ (youth and their parents) motivation to change lifestyle habits.

I’m grateful for yet another chance to present pilot data from our RMI-Family study.

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