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The Obesity Medicine Association's definition of obesity is “a chronic, relapsing, multifactorial, neurobehavioral disease, wherein an increase in body fat promotes adipose tissue dysfunction and abnormal fat mass physical forces, resulting in adverse metabolic, biomechanical, and psychosocial health consequences.” https://obesitymedicine.org/definition-of-obesity/
Yes, for the weight management portion with a valid Alberta Health Care card.
No, for some services such as dietitians, counselling , exercise physiologist or kinesiologists. We might be able to get some of the services for free but might not be available long term.
There is no fixed duration because we support you until you achieve and maintain your health goals, while focusing on relapse prevention.
First visit approximately 30-45 mins, and subsequent visits 15 minutes or longer, based on specific needs. Some of the follow up visits might be virtual.
Our program is medically supervised, and we use a comprehensive team-based approach to address the biological, metabolic, biomechanical, psychological, and social aspects linked to Obesity. We follow guidelines by the Obesity medicine association, Obesity Canada, and other international guidelines.
After the initial comprehensive medical assessment, a patient centered treatment plan is set up which includes physical activity, nutritional counseling, psychological counselling, pharmacotherapy, considerations for meal replacement and referral for bariatric surgery if eligible.
For some people, bariatric surgery is an option for obesity management. Bariatric surgeries either cause a reduction in the amount of food you can eat comfortably or a reduction in the absorption of calories from the food you eat, or both. While these surgeries can have major impacts on an individual’s weight and other health-related factors, continued success and improvements in overall health still depend on maintaining healthy behaviours. https://obesitycanada.ca/managing-obesity/bariatric-surgery/
Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines ( link above) recommend that adults with clinically severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2 or ≥ 35 kg/m2 with severe comorbid disease) may be considered for bariatric surgery when behavioural intervention is inadequate to achieve healthy weight goals. Eligibility criteria may vary from province to province.