Welcome to Obesity Matters

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to Elevate and Empower Canadians living with obesity!

“Strong com­mu­ni­ties are born out of indi­vid­u­als being their best selves.”

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Canadian indigenous writer


It takes time to create change.

Our Mission

As a Non-Profit solely addressing the issues of obesity through education, community support and advocacy, Obesity Matters is elevating and empowering Canadians affected by obesity.

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Together, we can make a difference.

Become a member at no cost and together let us Inspire Hope through Action

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Hello and thank you for visiting Obesity Matters (OA)

We started OA to primarily serve individuals and their loved ones living with or affected byobesity to take action towards a better future for themselves and their communities.

Our objectives are to:

  • Power Canadians living in larger bodies to self-advocate for medical care and therapies they deserve.

Obesity Matters is proudly partnered with

Building a safe community that redefines success

Education

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Community

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Advocacy

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By becoming a member of Obesity Matters you can:

  • Get educated on the latest science-based information about obesity.
  • Find ongoing support through community forums, by sharing your story and connecting with others who have similar goals and challenges.
  • Gain access to obesity certified healthcare providers
  • Take action on important issues and help change the world for people living with obesity.2

Executive Leadership Team

We are a group of people with common experiences and concerns. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for communities across Canada to share personal feelings, experiences, coping strategies, and offer support so they can take action and seek the help they deserve.

Priti Chawla

Board & Executive Director, Secretary & Treasurer

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Join our community and let us support you to change:

  • How you talk to yourself: Drop the shame and blame.
  • How you talk to your family & community: Advocate for the end of weight bias and stigma associated with obesity. Dispel myths.
  • How you talk to your doctor: Empower yourself to ask for evidence-based treatment options.

Stories

People in the Obesity Matters Community have powerful stories about their experiences with obesity. We know that sharing those stories with the world, and giving people a chance to express themselves, can bring about education, advocacy, support and awareness. Stories humanize the disease of obesity and remind us that at the heart of it, individual lives are affected.

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Latest News

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Latest programs & events

March 4, 2023

Your Health Matters Summit

Obesity Matters prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive community where people can come together to share experiences and …

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September 29, 2022

Applying VALUES for Sustainable Weight Management

The event was a great opportunity to bring the community together for a night of learning, compassion, reflection, and uplifting …

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May 26, 2022

Cocktails, Conversations & Connections: Obesity Matters Hosts First Live Event

This long-awaited in-person gathering was an exciting and uplifting experience filled with conversations that had us leaving the event feeling …

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Eat Better Live Better Workshop (completed)

Tired of yo-yo dieting? Struggling to choose the right diet? Overwhelmed by food products that don’t live up to claims …

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Check out our latest event

March 4, 2023

Your Health Matters Summit

Obesity Matters prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive community where people can come together to share experiences and …

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