Dr. Yoni Freedhoff recently gave this interesting talk about his advocacy work to a group of students at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Freedhoff, known for being outspoken on his blog , provides "some advice to Canada's future obesity researchers and encourage them, by means of examples from my life, to ensure they advocate for the lifestyles and environment their educations have taught them are crucial to maximize health".
He readily admits he has come up against resistance and opposition for his views, but he certainly has also made waves in the Canadian health industry. In this video he discusses what he has against the Canada Food Guide and the Health Check program, and explains how individuals can affect change.
On his blog he explains why he writes and why he feels the need to speak out
I write it because I believe that it's incredibly important to speak up about those things that matter to you. I write it because I believe it's one of my responsibilities as a physician to advocate for better health. I write it because I believe that shining a spotlight on programs, policies and attitudes that either willfully or inadvertently make it more difficult for consumers to make healthier choices for their families is something that I must do given that many of those who might want to speak up, are silenced by their institutional and professional ties which preclude them from biting the hands that feed them.
Click here to watch. What do you think? Does he present valid points? Is he overly critical of the industry, or should we have tougher guidelines?