Yoni Freedhoff

Yoni Freedhoff is a family doctor and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. He is the founder of Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute - a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre. He blogs at Weighty Matters.  Connect with Yoni on Facebook.  Follow Yoni on Twitter @YoniFreedhoff.


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Hospitals need to be more than just landlords

Last month I had a meeting at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus. On my way through the hospital I passed by something called the Omega Laser Stop Smoking Clinic. According to their literature, “laser therapy treatment is a non-invasive method used to balance the energy flow between meridians“, and is reported by them to work…

The Heart and Stroke Foundation owes Canadian parents an apology

There’s just no way to sugarcoat this. The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and specifically their Health Check program, in their selling of check marks to so called fruit leathers and fruit gummis, is overtly harming Canadian children’s health – a generation which quite literally is the sickest generation of kids in modern history. In the…

Do medical schools teach future doctors about weight management?

In my day to day I often will supervise residents or medical students who have taken it upon themselves to learn more about obesity medicine. I say taken it upon themselves because despite diet and weight related/responsive conditions being huge contributors to a physician's caseload, medical schools and residency programs don't seem to think that…

The talk the food industry couldn’t bear to hear

A little over a month ago I was invited by the Ontario Medical Association to give a talk at a food industry breakfast. I was asked to speak about what I thought the food industry could do to help further public health. 3 days prior to the talk, after my flights and hotel were booked,…

Did the OMA go too far with its childhood obesity recommendations?

The uproar has been furious. Literally. And I certainly understand why. But it's not because the Ontario Medial Association (OMA) went too far, it's because the OMA lost control of the message. For readers who aren't aware, on Tuesday the OMA held a press conference where they outlined multiple initiatives that they hope if enacted,…