Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

November 29, 2006 14:26 ET

OBESITY Plus Keeps Information Lean

New online tool for practitioners fighting epidemic

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - Reliable and relevant literature on obesity to support quality care is now only a mouse click away.

The federally-funded Canadian Obesity Network (CON) is pleased to announce the launch of the Online Best Evidence Service In Tackling ObesitY Plus (OBESITY+), an exciting new knowledge tool for health providers with an interest in obesity.

OBESITY+ will be based on the innovative McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) service, as well as the latest research on information retrieval conducted at the Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) at McMaster University. OBESITY+ will provide CON members with the latest best and most relevant evidence for their Clinical Practice on the causes, course, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of obesity and its related metabolic and mechanical complications.

OBESITY+ is accessible via the CON home page at Professionals with an interest in obesity can join the Network for free and gain access to OBESITY+, as well as other unique information, networking and education resources. Currently, CON has over 1,200 member researchers, clinicians, allied health care providers and other professionals who are involved in the effort to reduce the mental, physical and economic burden of obesity on Canadians.

"Obesity Plus is a much-needed resource for professionals who deal with this disease on a daily basis," says CON Scientific Director Dr. Arya M. Sharma. "This tool will cut through the volumes of information that are published on a weekly basis, and refocus it on manageable and actionable knowledge tailored to individual practice needs."

Physicians and nurses in active, independent clinical practice are invited to rate articles for dissemination through OBESITY+. Anyone interested in contributing can send an e-mail to OBESITY+ will expand in the very near future to include other relevant professions, including dietitians, psychologists, kinesiologists, physiotherapists and more.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Brad Hussey, CON's Communications Officer, at or (289) 238-9148 (local to Hamilton, ON, CANADA).

The Canadian Obesity Network is funded by the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence Program (, a joint initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Industry Canada.

The Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) at McMaster University conducts research in the field of health information science and is dedicated to the generation of new knowledge about the nature of health and clinical information problems, the development of new information resources to support evidence-based health care, and the evaluation of various innovations in overcoming health care information problems.

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