Mental Health & Obesity 2014: The 5As of Obesity Management
Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC, University of Alberta
The 5As of Obesity Management provide a structured pathway to obesity assessment and management. Given the importance of mental health and behavioural factors in excess weight gain and as a barrier to obesity management, special attention must be given to mental health assessments to determine the presence of mood, anxiety, attention, post-traumatic and addiction disorders. Thus, the 5As of Obesity Management recommend both the assessment of mental health status as well as referral to appropriate mental health professionals as part of a comprehensive obesity management plan.