Diabetes and Obesity

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Program Overview

At the Intersection of Diabetes and Obesity is a 5-part obesity education series with practical information and resources designed to support obesity management among diabetes educators. The modules are based on current Canadian Guidelines for obesity and diabetes management and utilize the latest advances in e-learning design to introduce approaches that you can start using immediately with your patients living with diabetes and obesity.

Learning Objectives

Module 1

  • Review the prevalence of prediabetes, diabetes and obesity and their current infrastructures for care in Canada. 
  • Explore the physiological intersectionality of diabetes and obesity. 
  • Reflect on the impact of obesity management on the development and progression of diabetes. 

Module 2

  • Further explore the pathophysiology of obesity as a real chronic disease that is heavily influenced by genetics, hormones, the central nervous system, and our environment.
  • Recognize that treatment exists for obesity and review the behavioural and pharmacological recommendations for the treatment of obesity and how they intersect with the treatment of diabetes.
  • Gain insight into how the treatment of obesity can delay the onset of diabetes and further improve diabetes care—reflecting on the lessons learned from an obesity expert.

Module 3 

  • Gain insight into how the treatment of diabetes can be enhanced by incorporating the science and treatment of obesity—reflecting on the experience of an endocrinologist.
  • Review the 2020 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for the management of type 2 diabetes and uncover how these recommendations support the management of obesity.
  • Learn about what resources are available to support the integration of obesity and its management in the Diabetes Education Centre setting.

Module 4 – Case Studies

  • Define internalized weight bias and utilize respectful communication styles to mitigate weight bias & stigma. 
  • Evaluate outcomes in diabetes prevention trials associated with lifestyle modifications. 
  • Implement best treatment practices for diabetes and obesity management based on current clinical practice guidelines. 


Dr. Akshay Jain is the first Canadian physician to be triple board-certified by the American Boards in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine at Rochester, New York, where he became the only 4-time winner of the prestigious Rochester Academy of Medicine Award. He completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He holds the distinction of being the youngest physician to sit on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is currently the President of the Canadian Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is also a columnist for Medscape. He is also the first North American physician to win the prestigious Etzwiler Diabetes Scholarship at the International Diabetes Center and Mayo Clinic in MN, USA. After a 2-year sabbatical in India to study the management of endocrine disorders and diabetes in the S. Asian population, he has recently moved to Surrey BC. He is fluent in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwari and Urdu. 

Dr. David Macklin, MD

David A. Macklin is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a University of Toronto trained family physician. David has committed his career to the prevention and treatment of obesity; has for 16 years directed multidisciplinary, evidence based – behavioural weight management programs.  He is the Medical Director of the Weight Management Program at the Medcan Clinic. He is also the Medical Director the Weight Management Program at the Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital High Risk/Special Pregnancy BMI unit.  He is a Science Committee member at Obesity Canada (OC). David is a co-author of the Canadian Action Study. David is also a co-author of the Behavioural Treatment Chapter in 2020 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of Obesity in adults. 

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