Obesity is a growing public health crisis, with the obesity prevalence among US adults of 42.4%. The American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease in 2013 and the Obesity Society and the Obesity Medicine Association have also issued statements defining obesity as a disease. However, most clinicians have received little or no education about obesity. Obesity management begins with lifestyle changes and counseling, with the addition of pharmacotherapy if needed, and if these measures are ineffective, referral to an obesity medicine specialist and possibly to a metabolic and bariatric surgeon. Unfortunately, many patients are not offered these recommended management strategies.
The educational program “Obesity: The Disease and Its Management” will provide clinicians with a greater understanding of the disease of obesity, including its etiology and physiologic effects, and management strategies, including the efficacy and safety of anti-obesity medications and how and when to incorporate them into individualized management plans.
Jointly provided by the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe
Patient Education resources provided in collaboration with Obesity Action Coalition.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk.
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