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The guidelines are expected to be available early next year.

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Instruments consisted of items related to the respondent’s experience with barriers such as patient size, degree of patient independence, patient care requirements, staffing levels, and the need for assistive equipment, as well as items used to collect basic demographic information."We're almost working with one arm tied behind our back in the era of modern medicine," Warner says."We're not able to use all of the tools in our armamentarium to provide patients with the most effective way to determine the diagnosis and any effective treatment." The consequences can be fatal, he says.It includes wider hospital beds, stronger ceiling lifts that can easily and safely move a patient strapped in a sling from hospital bed to shower to toilet.Forhan sees this as an important part of her work, eliminating the stigma and so-called fat shaming of patients.Now, he's a passionate advocate for people living with obesity, volunteering his time at the University of Alberta as a real-life mannequin and helping train Canada's future doctors and other health-care workers. "But we want to be treated and given the same treatments that other individuals that are normal sized have access to." Kas Roussy is a senior reporter with the Health unit at CBC News.

In her more than 30 years with CBC, Kas’s reporting has taken her around the globe to cover news in countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti and China, where she was the bureau producer.

As obesity rates in Canada continue to climb, more people living with obesity will go to hospital for a variety of health conditions.

But hospitals and their staff are often ill-equipped to provide appropriate treatment in a timely fashion, experts say.

As a man living with obesity, 50-year-old Marty Enokson has dealt with his share of public humiliation.

In 2009, complications from weight-loss surgery forced a return to hospital in Edmonton, where he shared a room with three other patients.

Results: Both hospital case managers and nursing home directors reported as major barriers the equipment, the size of the patient, patient independence, and finances.