Obesity Matters invites you to EAT, PLAY, LOVE Fall 2021
with weekly interactive events.
Obesity Matters, because you matter!
With summer in the rearview and Thanksgiving right around the corner, we want to reflect this season on our transition out of the pandemic.
We survived, we thrived and we transformed the normality of our lives over the last few months. And because of that, we are more thankful and mindful than ever for our health and how far we’ve all come in our journeys.
In Season 3, we will learn about the disease of obesity and how to treat it, the interplay between hormones and our weight, how breathing affects our health, and finally how to approach Thanksgiving meals through mindfulness. We have a fantastic group of experts lined up and can’t wait for you to tune in.
Patient advocates Rachel Atkins and Sandra Elia will once again host these interactive events and encourage participation from our valued members and guests. As always, our goal is to inspire empowerment and action in a safe and supportive environment.
Register today to join us for these live sessions with our special guests, as space is limited. There is no cost to attend.
Raging Hormones – What’s Weight Got To Do with It? (completed)
Thursday, September 16 at: 9:00 a.m. PDT; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. ADT
Laura Reardon, MD, CCFP, ABOM Diplomate
Medical Director, Lotus Health Clinic
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Did you know that your weight is directly related to your hormones? Certain hormones being out of whack can often result in weight gain. And maintaining a delicate balance of those hormones is an essential part of keeping a healthy weight for our unique bodies.
Dr. Laura Reardon specializes in sustainable and restorative health, and weight management programs at her clinic in Halifax. She will join us for a discussion on the intricate inner workings of our many hormones.
Once we understand the relationship between hormones and weight gain, we can take the proper steps to lose weight in a sustainable, healthy way.
What is Obesity and How is it Treated? (completed)
Thursday, September 23 at: 9:00 a.m. PDT; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. ADT
David A. Macklin MD, CCFP
Director, Medcan Weight Management Program
Director, Weight Management, Mount Sinai Hospital BMI Clinic
Lecturer, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. David Macklin is a family physician who has spent his entire career working in obesity medicine. He will join us to discuss and answer two seemingly simple questions: Why is obesity a medical condition and how can it be treated?
Using his concept of “the Gatekeeper”, “the GoGetter” and “the Sleepy Executive,” to represent our appetite system, Dr. Macklin will explain how our cravings are the result of genetics and inherent behaviours that we can curb through behavioural therapy and other interventions.
Breath and Wellness: Reviving A Lost Art (completed)
Thursday, September 30 at: 9:00 a.m. PDT; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. ADT
Florencia Ziemke, MD, dABOM
Evexia Medical, Founder and Medical Director,
Palm Beach County, FL
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
Member, Obesity Medicine Association
Member, The Obesity Society
Our breath, as a reflection of our lifestyle, level of stress, sleep (or lack thereof) is a major component of wellness. Within this scope, so is eating. Our ability to be present, cognizant, calming the mind and centering ourselves on the task at hand is a key technique of achieving behaviour change. With the help of obesity trained medical experts weight loss can be achieved, a healthy relationship with food established, and increased wellness and improved lifestyle attained.
From the book Breath by James Nestor, one could perhaps extrapolate that efforts be directed at relearning the lost art of eating, and included as part of a successful and sustainable weight loss plan addressing all domains of wellness.
Learn more and participate in this interactive session with Dr. Florencia Ziemke and hosts Rachel Atkins and Sandra Elia.
How to Practice Mindful Eating at Thanksgiving (completed)
Thursday, October 7 at: 9:00 a.m. PDT; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. ADT
Tony Vassallo, Patient Advocate
Founder, MODA Nutrition
Culinary Nutritionist, Cookbook Author and
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tony Vassallo has a passion for helping other people achieve healthy, sustained weight loss and dietary wellness. Tony is a culinary nutritionist, the founder of MODA Nutrition Inc. and of the Real Food Revival Movement, as well as the author of “Weight Loss Never Tasted So Good Cookbook.”
Tony’s mantra is “Just Eat Real Food” or JERF for short, and he believes in ditching fad diets in favour of ‘real food’ to help maintain a healthy weight.
Tony will join us for a discussion about his personal weight loss journey as well as walk us through some of his Thanksgiving-themed recipes to promote mindful eating.
About Obesity Matters:
Obesity Matters is an education and advocacy group committed to promoting game-changing dialogue, ending fat shaming, and inspiring health and happiness for people living with overweight and obesity.
For additional questions, please contact Priti Chawla, Executive Director, Obesity Matters, at: firstname.lastname@example.org