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The 5As of Obesity Management is a set of practical tools to guide primary care practitioners in obesity counseling and management:
  • Ask for permission to discuss weight and explore readiness for change
  • Assess obesity related health risk and potential “root causes” of weight gain
  • Advise on obesity risks, discuss benefits treatment options
  • Agree on realistic weight-loss expectations and on a SMART plan to achieve behavioral goals
  • Assist in addressing drivers and barriers, offer education and resources, refer to provider, and arrange follow-up

All proceeds from the sales of these materials go to support the Canadian Obesity Network.

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This tool kit, was developed by the Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO)’s Primary Care Working Group.
This project was funded in part by a CIHR Knowledge Translation Supplement Grant and funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada Innovation Strategy
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