Obesity effects over 650 million people worldwide and close to 40% of people in many western countries. This is a concern as being obese increases the chances of getting diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, as well as affecting a person’s emotional well-being. Despite these real health implications, people with obesity face numerous challenges in receiving appropriate care to improve their health.

 

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For this podcast I’m joined by internal medicine physician and obesity specialist Dr. Sean Wharton (Twitter: @seanwharton). He founded and directs the Wharton Medical Clinic, a community based weight management and diabetes clinic that is rooted in multi-disciplinary care. He is an international leader in the medical management of obesity and is co-leading the upcoming 2019 Canadian Obesity Guidelines.

During the interview, Sean discusses how obesity is a medical condition that can increase one’s risk for a variety of diseases. He also highlights some of the challenges and myths of obesity, as well as how people can engage with their health care provider to seek support in their care.

So sit back and take a listen.

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