After completing the course you’ll be able to:
1. Weight Management Overview
- List diseases that often result from
overweight and obesity.
- Explain how overweight and obesity are
- Describe how the prevalence of overweight
and obesity in adults has changed over the years.
- Cite statistics making the connection
between overweight and obesity with diabetes, hypertension, high blood
cholesterol and cancer.
- Discuss the risks of developing various
diseases associated with being overweight.
- Describe various types of weight loss
programs, relative risks, and their effectiveness.
- Describe various types of diets and their
pros and cons.
- Describe a healthy diet and provide tips
for healthy eating.
- Substitute lower fat versions of foods.
- Identify six factors that make people
- Explain what causes gallstones and identify
risk factors for gallstones.
- List four common symptoms of gallstones or
- Describe the health benefits of physical
- Make the connection between physical
activity and weight control.
- Explain why smokers gain weight after
- Separate facts from myths about diet, food
- Describe the effects of weight cycling.
- Discuss very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs) and
their effectiveness in producing lasting weight loss.
- Identify barriers to adequate medical care
and preventive services for an obese patient.
- Identify health care provider barriers to
adequate medical care and preventive services.
- Discuss and list various prescription
medications that promote weight loss.
- Discuss potential risks and concerns when
considering long-term weight-loss medical treatment for obesity.
- Answer commonly asked questions by your
patients about weight-loss medications.
- Describe various surgical options to
promote weight loss. 25. Describe restrictive and malbsorptive operations
and explain their benefits and risks.
- Make an assessment of patient to determine
suitability for gastrointestinal surgery.
- Identify someone with a binge eating
2. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification,
Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
- Define overweight and obesity and explain
why overweight and obesity should be treated.
- Describe the genetic influence in the
development of overweight and obesity.
- Describe the evaluation and treatment of
overweight and obesity strategy using the treatment algorithm.
- Describe the role of health professionals
in weight loss therapy.
- Define sleep apnea and hypopnea.
- Describe the connection between the
treatment of obesity and obstructive sleep apnea.
- Lists the benefits of physical activity for
- Provide examples of moderate amounts of
3. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Define a healthful diet. 37. Describe
serving sizes for various food groups in the Food Guide Pyramid. 38. Explain
why it is important to use sugars in moderation.
- Explain the importance of reducing sodium
intake in your diet.
- Emphasize the importance of balancing the
food we eat with physical activity, and maintaining or improving our weight.
- List the calorie needs of children,
inactive and active men and women, and older adults.
- Differentiate between a portion and a
- Identify people who should not drink
alcohol beverages at all.
- List five tips to help you choose sensible
portions when eating out or eating at home.
4. Finding a Weight Loss Program That Works for
- Recognize dubious, sensational and
worthless ads for weight-loss products and services.
- Choose a weight-loss program that meets the
guidelines for providers of weight-loss products or services.
- Recommend to your clients diet books that
are backed by solid scientific evidence.
5. Medical Care for Obese Patients: Advice for
Health Care Professionals
- Identify reasons why obese patients are
less willing to seek medical care.
- Provide guidance to health care providers
on addressing the special health care needs of patients who are overweight
- List office supplies and equipment that
should be stocked in a medical office to accommodate obese patients.
- List conditions for which obese patients
are at special risk.
6. Rationale For the Surgical Treatment of
- Discuss various clinical studies of
morbidly obese individuals, their risk of mortality, and results of surgical
- Define surgical treatment goals for the
7. Obesity, Physical Activity, and Weight
- Define terms related to obesity, physical
activity, and weight control.
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