Centre of Excellence in Adolescent Severe Obesity
Understanding Obesity as a Disease
Obesity is recognized as chronic disease that affects over 10% of youth in Canada. As a chronic illness, obesity can affect other systems in the body and eventually lead to death when it is not managed. Obesity is a complex condition that is influenced by a number of environmental, social, familial, and personal factors. Therefore ‘quick fix’ approaches often result in only temporary weight loss, and is detrimental to the overall mental and physical health of the individual living with obesity. A long-term, integrated treatment and management strategy is the best way to promote overall health and well-being.
Should you want to refer a patient for evaluation, please complete the following referral form and fax it to 514-412-4319. For more information contact the Centre of Excellence in Adolescent Severe Obesity at 514-412-4400, ext 2334.