”IS THAT DOUGHNUT WORTH THE GIRTH?”
This website belonged to the Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) and was launched in 2012 in partnership with Merck Frosst/CIHR Research Chair in Obesity, Univesité Laval and the University of Ottawa to convene the 2nd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting on June 9-12, 2010 in Ontario and later for the 3rd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting on June 20-23, 2012 Edmonton, Alberta.
The objectives of these two Canadian Obesity Student Meetings were to:
provide obesity students and new professionals a unique opportunity to translate their research results across disciplines and health research themes;
facilitate interaction and collaboration between students and new professionals working in a variety of obesity areas and develop a sense of community amongst the next generation of obesity researchers; and
provide networking opportunities and expose trainees to obesity research employment opportunities that exist in various sectors (private and public, non-profit, and academia).
The conference used to bring together several students and professionals as well as obesity stakeholders representing academia, governments and NGOS to discuss several obesity themes which include:
Obesity: Causes & Consequences
Obesity: Treatment & Prevention
Therefore the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting Planning Committee used the site to invite submissions of abstracts of proposed oral and poster presentations relating to the themes around which the conference would be developed.
There were several awards presented to the winner of this event to the Authors/Presenters who won at a banquet held later after the conference.
Now, this site has content concerning obesity and other Cardio Metabolic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases and different types of breast cancer, along with some of it’s risks, as well as hormone replacement therapy, which all tend to storm from obesity.
There are several posts below which contain important information about several obesity cases. You can access them by clicking on the posts or the categories below…
I Still Blame it on Obesity
Whenever I have memories of my mum and remember the sufferings and torment that I went through in the hands of my step-mother, I usually weep. There were days that my older sister and I went without eating and other days that we got a thorough beating for mistakes, some that we never did.
Mom died from cardiac arrest when I was 10 and my sister was 12. She was obese and for a while she suffered a lot as she sought treatment form several hospitals. During the one and half years that she went from one hospital to another, most of what was saved became used up. There wasn’t much left by the time that she died.
Unfortunately she was the main bread winner because she had a bakery shop which used to bring more than what dad brought from his salary working in the mines. Therefore it was a big blow to us. After her death, dad remarried and the woman she married was a she Lucifer.
Since dad was working away from home, he was not available until weekends and we had to spend almost the whole week in the hands of this woman. Therefore she had all the time and chance to do every nasty thing that she thought of. When dad came from work during the weekend, she would pretend how nice she was by treating us better. Therefore, all dad could reason about was that we needed to work on getting along with her.
This went for a while until one day the worst happened. That fateful night, my older sister accidentally dropped the microwave while getting some sauce that she was defrosting. The glass container that she had used had gotten hotter for her hands and when she tried getting it she got burnt and quickly tried returning it only to knock the microwave down.
That dad, step-mum gave her a beating till she became unconscious. When the beating started, I was so scared that I ran away and went to our immediate neighbor to whom I explained what was happening. The husband heeded my cries and went to intervene only to find my sister lying on the floor unconscious. He immediately called for ER and my sister was rushed to the hospital. She had a fracture in her head which resulted to concussion. It took several weeks of therapy for her to recover, though partially. She still experiences nightmare and she is traumatized to date.
The following day, dad arrived and with the help of the good neighbor, my step-mum was sued. She was found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. How I hope that obesity didn’t take away our mum. Things could not have happened as they went.
Losing Weight Because of My Family’s Love
My name is Anna Kravitz, married to a lovely husband, Jim Kravitz, and we have one child, Michael who is 9. This is my story about how I battled obesity. Foremost if there is something which really means everything to me is my family. I will sacrifice everything to ensure their happiness.
My weight gain started around 9 years ago when I was pregnant with Michael. Before then I was a slim and lovely-looking lady. However during the expectancy period, I gained so much weight which I thought I would lose eventually after my giving birth, though that never came to pass.
Post-birth battle with Weight Gain.
After giving birth to Michael, the breast-feeding period kind of precipitated my weight gain. Initially, I had figured out that my craving to eat when I was pregnant would go away but during the breast-feeding period, I kind of heightened. I became more obsessed with eating every time reasoning that my little boy needed a lot of nutrients for growth and development.
Therefore I became chubbier, my face was round and fat, I had a double chin and there was no denying I was a plus-size woman weighing over 300lbs and by the end of a year and half, I was over 400lbs. I tried everything but I was just not losing weight.
My husband’s threats.
My husband seemed worried by my size that he then threatened me. He was particular that I was not the woman that he met and fell in love with and this really hit me bad. I knew that a divorce was imminent unless I did something about my weight.
I couldn’t afford to have my marriage broken therefore I started researching about what I needed to do. Weight loss being a big concern to many people I found a lot of information which was overwhelming and I didn’t know what to settle on.
My futile efforts on shed off a few pounds.
There was a burning desire of losing a few pounds and therefore I went from one program after the next; I tried one miracle product after the other. But the whole process was intimidating and challenging. Nothing seemed to work. I tried dieting and eating low carb foods, I tried skipping meals, sticking to nutritional plans and dietary compositions, taking vitamin supplements and exercising but after two years, all I had managed to lose was about 40 lbs.
My turning point.
I thought that I wouldn’t succeed in losing a few pounds. My husband had seen my struggles and supported me all through but seemed to also share my thought and just accepted me as I was.
Then one day everything changed. My husband used to drop Michael to school and I rarely did, but during that day I had to because he was away for a business trip. I took a cab and when we arrived at the school compound, Michael was quick to tell me not to get out of the cab because others kids would make fun of him because of my weight. This completely shattered me. I felt hopeless realizing that even my lovely son felt embarrassed by me. I started to cry.
The taxi man seemed to share my sorrows because he drove me back home and never even said a word as we went back.
That is when I decided that I should see someone professional about it. I researched hard and luckily, I realized that all what had been doing was unpractical. I consulted a professional who advised and helped me come up with a realistic plan which I was to stick to. He made me realize that my efforts would be seen in a day but I should expect results after doing what is recommended.
A year later, I’m so glad that I’ve been able to lose over 200lbs and still working at losing more.
How My Daughter’s Love Inspire My weight Loss
Had I known earlier the risks posed by being obese, I would have done something about it. There are times that someone would poke on me or make fun about my weight but that never made me feel bad about me. I already had clue about my body and loved every inch of it.
Being a stay at home mum with one daughter to take care of and little to do at home except some online marketing job that I did a few hour a day, I was bound to an unhealthy lifestyle which would later result to a more serious disease – type 2 diabetes.
Initially, I had tried some workouts which had been recommended to me before my diagnosis of diabetes in order to help me lose some of my 360lbs, but most of the time I couldn’t even finish a quarter of what was recommended. I also couldn’t resist the urge to eat. As much as I tried, I still had this craving to eat. The most unfortunate thing is that my daughter had too gained more weight and I felt that she too risked contracting diabetes.
My fight with diabetes.
Everything about diabetes became a nightmare to me. After diagnosis of this disease which I learnt was also a leading cause of debilitating illnesses and also death, I got worried.
The medications, insulin injections, dietary changes and all that stuff which diabetic people undergo made me sick. I started experiencing sleepless nights and ate very little. I tried some small indoor exercising, but each day I felt as if I was adding more weight.
Every visit to the doctor was torturous because I felt as if I was denying myself from making any progress and the doctor became worried to about this. He was lovely and nice to me but feared that I might get depressed by the whole predicament.
My daughter’s love.
During all this period, I ensured that my daughter was on good diet and some workout routines and she was doing great. During one of my visit to the doctor she accompanied me and this changed everything. When the doctor saw her and the smile on her face, he went ahead to tell me that I should do everything for the laugh of my daughter.
He made me realize that everything starts in the mind and that I should be surrounded by all the people who are dear to me. With their love, I was bound to win.
Upon this realization, my mind became conscious and that’s when I started becoming happier. Within two weeks, I was feeling great and I started accepting to do everything possible to live a healthier life. The friends whom I had pushed away because I felt that they didn’t care became part of me again and my daughter became everything to me.
6 months down, I had lost over 100lbs and still doing great today.
Embarrassed by My Weight Gain
“438 lbs! Sam, you need to do something about your weight”, that was what the doctor commented sarcastically when I stepped on the weighing scale.
I’m Samantha Hales, 5”3, aged 30 and currently weighing 438lbs. I don’t marvel about being overweight. Not after all the embarrassing and painful moments that I’ve been through whenever I meet someone and they practically cracks a joke about how I look. Sometimes I feel as if I’m used to all the drama that happens around me because of my weight.
It all started when I was a young girl. Partially, I blame all my parents for the junk foods and carryout meals that they got me used to. Despite that I understand that I’m a mature person who should take care of herself and not blame my worries on someone else. For instance my craving for pizza compelled me to call the pizza man for pizza up to four times each week while my appetite for chocolate made me not consider it a weight-gain threat-things that should have worked on. It was in my early 20s that I started gaining weight more rapidly; from 180 lbs when I was 19 to the 450lbs that I’m battling today.
What made me seek the doctor’s advice?
As I said earlier I’ve been used to embarrassing moments because of my weight For a millionth time, I’ve had my esteem attacked because of what I look like. I don’t remember the last time someone genuinely told me that I look just great and lovely the way I am. Except for my ex-bf, who was always quick to also tell me that I need to do something about my body. Anyway almost all the time I feel as if someone must pick on me.
I visited the doctor because I needed professional advice on what I should do to lose a few pounds per week.
It happened that my boyfriend had been invited to a dinner party over the weekend where he had been requested to bring along a friend and I insisted on accompanying him. He seemed hesitant though he couldn’t tell me the reason why. I didn’t want to be alone in the apartment because I felt really lonely and I did see the reason why I shouldn’t accompany him (but whenever I think about it, I wished I could just have stayed at home).
‘He’s my boyfriend’, therefore no heck at all. At the party, all was lively. I had done my best to dress elegantly and look as presentable as any other lady in the party. We arrived there a bit late and the eating and drinking had started.
Since it was a buffet dinner, my bf and I went straight to the serving area. He was first to get the food and then I followed him to where we designated to sit. In our table, there were four of his workmates who had their spouses too. We had met earlier with his workmates so after exchanging some pleasantries, introductions started for the ladies.
That’s when my bf cracked the worst joke that completely ruined my day. He went on to tell them that he didn’t understand why I just picked one plate instead of two. There followed a loud burst of laughter which attracted attention from the other tables nearby while they would intermittently crack some more jokes about my body.
I felt angered and disappointed by him. I couldn’t stand it and within 10 minutes I was gone. That was the end of us. After some reflection, I felt that I needed to visit a professional to help me shed some pounds. Hope that all will work out well.