Obesity - Officially a Disease

This video discusses how obesity is officially recognized as a disease by the National Institute of Health, Canadian Medical Association, and the World Health Organization as of 2020. It dives into the question “what is obesity” based on this new perspective. Its clinical stages, new diagnostic criteria, treatment plans, and barriers are also discussed.

This video was created by McMaster University students Jasleen Gill, Leili Hadayeghi, and Sunny Singh in collaboration with the Demystifying Research McMaster Program.

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This video is only for educational purposes. Please contact your healthcare provider for information about your health.

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