|Dr. Alissa Zentner believes it is time to address obesity at the medical grassroots level.
A Vancouver doctor who has specialized in treating obesity for 10 years says "it's time obesity is taken more seriously by the medical profession."
Dr. Alissa Zentner spoke Saturday morning at the 15th annual conference of the Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism taking place in Vancouver.
Zentner's presentation, The Weight of the World - Obesity: The Disease That Begins It All, focussed on the evidence surrounding lifestyle modification in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
"With more than half of our population suffering from this disease, the task before us as a medical community is unprecedented," Zentner said in a statement. "We are faced with a national crisis; one that will only worsen as our patient population grows older and more obese."
Dr. Zentner believes it is time to address obesity at the medical grassroots level.
"Obesity medicine is more complicated than eat less and move more, but even modest weight loss can have a positive impact," she says.
Excess body fat is linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea. While Canada's Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Obesity are the first national guidelines to be developed on the treatment of this disease, the challenge is that the treatment of obesity is primarily left to private weight loss programs.
The Canadian Diabetes Association says these often lack medical supervision, and that obesity is having a major impact on the Canadian healthcare system.