After completing the course you’ll be able to:
- List diseases that often result from overweight and obesity.
- Explain how overweight and obesity are measured.
- 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 overweight.
- Explain what causes gallstones and identify risk factors for gallstones.
- List four common symptoms of gallstones or gallstone attack.
- Describe the health benefits of physical activity.
- Make the connection between physical activity and weight control.
- Explain why smokers gain weight after quitting.
- Separate facts from myths about diet, food and exercise.
- 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.
- 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 disorder.
- 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 the patient.
- Provide examples of moderate amounts of activity.
- Define a healthful diet.
- 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 serving.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 or obese.
- 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.
- Discuss various clinical studies of morbidly obese individuals, their risk of mortality, and results of surgical treatment.
- Define surgical treatment goals for the morbidly obese.
- Define terms related to obesity, physical activity, and weight control.
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