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Closing obesity care gaps and achieving health equity for people living with obesity

      Lack of access to obesity care is contributing to health inequalities for people living with obesity [
      • Forhan M.
      • Salas X.R.
      Inequities in healthcare: a review of bias and discrimination in obesity treatment.
      ,
      • Alberga A.S.
      • et al.
      Weight bias and health care utilization: a scoping review.
      ]. Public health systems have not established obesity care paths and there is insufficient funding for obesity prevention and treatment services. A profound lack of obesity knowledge, skills and competencies among healthcare professionals, lack of empowerment-based patient care, and deeply ingrained weight bias and stigma in our society contribute to obesity care gaps [
      • Sharma A.M.
      • Salas X.R.
      Obesity prevention and management strategies in Canada: shifting paradigms and putting people first.
      ]. Achieving health equity for people living with obesity will require comprehensive interventions at individual, sociocultural, and policy levels [
      • Ralston J.
      • et al.
      Time for a new obesity narrative.
      ].
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