Obesity has become a significant and wide-ranging health and social epidemic occurring in both developed and developing nations and across all age cohorts. Occupational therapists provide interventions to individuals, groups, and populations in order to effect change, optimize health, and improve quality of life. Accordingly, occupational therapy services are often integral in addressing obesity-related illnesses and subsequent limitations while managing weight through attention to lifestyle, and the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles. The purpose of this position paper is explain to persons within and outside of the profession the role of occupational therapists, and/or occupational therapy, in obesity management, from an individual and population perspective.
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Keith Z Brewster, University of British Columbia
School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Behdin Nowrouzi, Laurentian University
Centre for Research in Occupational Health and Safety