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5As of Obesity Management for Adults

This tool kit provides health practitioners with five steps to better manage their patients' weight and related health issues:

  • ASK for permission to discuss weight and explore readiness
  • ASSESS obesity related risks and 'root causes' of obesity
  • ADVISE on health risks and treatment options
  • AGREE on health outcomes and behavioural goals
  • ASSIST in accessing appropriate resources and providers
"Weight is a sensitive issue, and so conversations about weight must be sensitive and non-judgemental," explains Dr. Arya M. Sharma, scientific director for CON-RCO. "The 5As tool is based on our understanding that obesity must be managed as a chronic condition, much like diabetes or hypertension, and that treatment goals as well as end results will be different for each patient. But, it all starts with a respectful conversation."
The 5As roadmap was developed by the Canadian Obesity Network's Primary Care Working Group, which includes many of Canada's leading obesity experts and primary care practitioners. 
The 5As of Obesity Management professional toolkit includes the includes a practitioner's checklist, patient tear-off pad, a desktop tool to facilitate discussions on weight with patients, and a practitioner's guide to incorporating the 5As into daily practice. Click below to head to the CON Store to order your copies today. 
Copies of the Practitioner Guide are available through the CON Store

Free Downloads for Members

There is no cost to download a personal copy of the 5As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain slide deck, however, the Canadian Obesity Network would greatly appreciate monetary donations. Your support will directly help CON to develop and disseminate obesity tools and resources.

Please click on the button below to donate to the Canadian Obesity Network.

Donations by cheque may be mailed to the Canadian Obesity Network. Please make cheque payable to: Canadian Obesity Network and mail it to:

Canadian Obesity Network
1-116 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1