The Science of Obesity

Available as of:
March 18, 2021

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic that has great impact on an individual's health and quality of life.  Obesity is  a chronic relapsing disease as a result of increased adipocytes in various body organs that result in organ dysfunction.  A greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in organ dysfunction and  weight homeostasis may  lead to more effective and sustaining treatment for individuals living with obesity.  The following will discuss several aspects relating to the understanding and treatment of obesity.

Target Audience: Medical Students, Internal Medicine Residents, Surgical Residents

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the definition of obesity and its health consequences.
  • Understand the control of hunger and satiety and the body's physiologic response to weight loss.
  • Highlight treatment options for obesity.


Dr. Stephen A. Glazer

Dr. Stephen A. Glazer MD FRCPC FCCP

Dr. Stephen Glazer holds certification in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine from the University of Toronto in Ontario. He is also certified as a specialist in Sleep Medicine through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2012, he was among one of the first Canadian physicians who successfully completed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification examination and is a diplomat of the ABOM. 

Dr. Glazer is both a provincial and a national leader in Bariatric Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Glazer became the Medical Director for both the Bariatric Surgical and Medical Program at Humber River Hospital, a dedicated center of excellence for the management of Obesity in Ontario. He is an active board member of the Ontario Bariatric Network, sitting on numerous subcommittees, including being the Vice-Chair of the OBN Medical Program Task Force. In 2019, Dr Glazer became the President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS), a national organization representing Canadian specialists interested in the treatment of obesity for the purposes of maintenance and improvement for the standards of Bariatric care in Canada 

Dr Glazer participates in multiple clinical research projects and publications. He is the author of the Pre-Operative Management for Bariatric Surgery chapter for the 2020 Canadian Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines.   

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