"Dramatic increases in overweight and obesity among Canadians
over the past 30 years have been deemed to constitute an epidemic."
Specialist's Weight Loss Programme Started As Something Else
Obesity has been a foremost concern of mine for some years as I went
through various approval processes, writing documents and presenting studies for the intragastric balloon. I believe that society, the media and how our lifestyles are impacted by media impact our eating habits and help cause obesity among many groups. We need to find better ways to reward ourselves and to find pleasure on our 'blue' or 'boring' days.
I see the obesity epidemic largely as a complex mental health issue
(there are numerous diseases that lead to obesity) derived from the
current media environment focussed on sex and food as pleasure rewards
and problem solving experiences. The media through its programmers and
advertisers promote an unhealthy lifestyle. Notwithstanding this, every
single patient presents a unique set of issues and a unique treatment
plan is required.
Should you choose a gastric intervention for your weight loss program
and if you have a Body Mass Index of 28 to 35(+)
then you are a classic candidate for the Intra - Gastric Balloon,
whereas if you have a Body Mass Index of 35 to 50 then the Gastric Band
(otherwise known as the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band) would, in
most cases, be the procedure to choose (however, some people who
have a BMI of 35+ elect to have the Gastric Balloon inserted rather than
the Gastric band, for a variety of reasons).
Patients often use
the intragastric balloon as a kick start to begin a new lifestyle
wherein the patient relearns feeding habits and lifestyle management.
The major focus is on preventing recidivism.
My coaching and cognitive therapy programme was an exciting and
important adjunct process that was to serve as a prelude to a gastric
balloon or lap band obesity intervention. The coaching programme grew a
life of its own because it delivered on its own significant results that
have proven to be lasting.
I now run an introductory Options Weight Loss Coaching Program in Toronto as a stand-alone
weight loss solution. The programme runs for eight weeks and can be
repeated. I believe this is the best way ahead to solve your lightweight obesity
issue. If you have morbid obesity issues I have other programmes for
you as mentioned above.
You will do the work and I will teach and coach you.
All the while that I run my coaching programme, I run the Options Weight
Loss Surgical Clinic which is based here in Toronto, Canada and treat
patients worldwide using the gastric balloon procedure among others. Allowed by the
simplicity of the gastric balloon, I can effectively monitor patients
A unique and proprietary diet and life-style coaching methodology
includes in-person service delivery; video counseling; group counseling;
experience sharing and learning; video conferencing; and SMS/E-Mail
support. The program is intense for six months but lasts a year. This is
a safe and lasting way to lose weight. Patients finally feel comfortable
and happy eating a sensible, normal diet. After six months we continue
to follow your progress and support you when needed with additional
counseling up to 12 months from start. ~ Micheal
for this programme and how does it work.
Obesity in Canada
in Canada report is
a joint partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
and Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
Released on June 20, 2011, this report provides:
Obesity rates among adults, children and youth, and Aboriginal
New analysis of the determinants of obesity and the impacts that
addressing those determinants can have on the prevalence of obesity;
An updated estimate of the health and economic costs of obesity; and
A summary of key lessons learned from the international literature
on obesity prevention and management.
Approximately one in four Canadian adults are obese, according to
measured height and weight data from 2007-2009. Of children and
youth aged six to 17, 8.6% are obese.
Between 1981 and 2007/09, obesity rates roughly doubled among both
males and females in most age groups in the adult and youth
Across Canada, adult obesity rates vary from 5.3% in Richmond, BC to
35.9% in the Mamawetan/Keewatin/Athabasca region of SK.
The economic costs of obesity are estimated at $4.6 billion in 2008,
up about 19% from $3.9 billion in 2000, based on costs associated
with the eight chronic diseases most consistently linked to obesity.
Estimates rise to close to $7.1 billion when based on the costs
associated with 18 chronic diseases linked to obesity.
Factors that influence obesity include physical activity, diet,
socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigration, and environmental
Strategies to combat obesity and address the environments that
encourage obesity fall into three main categories:
health services and clinical interventions that target
community-level interventions that directly influence individual
and group behaviours;
public policies that target broad social or environmental
Like quitting smoking, effectively preventing obesity may require a
multifaceted, long-term approach involving complementary
interventions that operate at multiple levels.
Download The Report
Other Canadian Obesity Studies:
A 2004 study called the Canadian Community Health Survey, found 23% of
Canadians 18 and older were obese and 36% more were overweight (as
determined by body
mass index). In children and adolescents, 8% were obese and 18%
overweight. Rates of obesity varied significantly between the province,
from an obesity rate of 19% in British
Columbia to a rate of 34%
In 2004, the prevalence of obesity in the two most populated provinces,
Ontario and Quebec, matched those of about thirty US states, at a level
between 20% and 25%. The study found people that live in cities (Census
Metropolitan Areas) had significantly lower obesity rates in Nova
Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. In Quebec the
relationship approached significance, while in Newfoundland and
Labrador, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan the rate of obesity did not
vary significantly between CMAs and rural areas.
A 2005 report released by the Canadian government's Economics Division
reported that "In 2004, approximately 6.8 million Canadian adults aged
20 to 64 were overweight, and an additional 4.5 million were obese.
Roughly speaking, an adult male is considered overweight when his body
weight exceeds the maximum desirable weight for his height, & obese
when his body weight is 20% or more over this desirable weight. A
similar guideline holds true for women, but at a threshold of 25% rather
Dramatic increases in overweight and obesity among Canadians
over the past 30 years have been deemed to constitute an epidemic.
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