A chronicdisease,a healthcarechallenge
Facing obesity in AlbertaWRITTEN BY SCOTT ROLLANS
Every year, thenumber of Albertanswith obesity increases.
offer lasting solutions.
“Losing weight is not the problem,”says Dr. Arya Sharma, one of Canada’sleading experts on obesity. People canlose plenty of weight in a short timeby going on fad diets or an exerciseprogram.” The real problem is keepingweight off.
Most of us see weight loss as a simpleequation: eat less + move more = jobdone. Doctors are no different, Sharmasays. “(They think) if you just encouragepeople to eat healthy and walk aroundthe block, they’ll somehow lose theweight and keep it off. (But) all theresearch that’s ever been done onobesity shows that does not work."
We live in an obesogenic environment
that favours us to eat and overeat,
making it very difficult to control our
eating to a healthy level, says Sheila
Tyminski, director of Nutrition Services,
Population & Public Health Strategy
for Alberta Health Services. “There is
Consequently, the more we overeat,
the more we battle with our weight and
obesity, the associated health risks, and
the harsh stigma of being the dreaded
The SCN brings together about 25
healthcare professionals, administrators,