Past Event

Obesity Online Course 2020: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment

April 22, 2020 - April 26, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This Obesity course will provides an excellent overview for all health professionals; physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more. This course satisfies the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity.

Program Overview:

Lifestyle behaviors – including diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, and tobacco use – have been linked to an increased risk of the leading causes of death and chronic diseases around the world. The challenge of reversing the obesity epidemic has highlighted the need for new ways to teach complex skill sets which effectively target lifestyle behaviors, particularly diet and physical activity. However, most health professionals (with the exception of registered dieticians) have little or no training in the science of nutrition, diet and physical activity. Moreover, health professionals lack training in facilitating behavior change. Many, in fact, do not engage in nutrition counseling at all.

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), along with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), has established a credentialing protocol, which includes an exam for physicians to become certified in the field of obesity medicine. The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University is an ABOM Partner Organization; the IHN now offers its long-standing obesity course to prepare physicians for the ABOM exam, and to provide CME credits to help physicians meet the requirements to become a Diplomate of the ABOM.

Topic Highlights:

  • The Epidemiology and Health Risks of Obesity, Louis Aronne, MD1
  • Genetics of Obesity: Nature Meets Nurture, Rudy Leibel, MD
  • Epigenetics and the Development of Obesity, Lori Zeltser, PhD
  • White, Brown, Beige Adipose Tissue, Marc Reitman, MD, PhD
  • Carbs, Calories, or Quality: What matters most for body weight?, Kevin Hall, PhD
  • Metabolic Changes with Weight Loss, Michael Rosenbaum, MD
  • Adipose Tissue, Inflammation and Other Underlying Causes of Obesity-Associated Complications, Caroline Apovian1, MD and Barbara Corkey, PhD
  • Rethinking Food Reward, Dana Small, PhD
  • From Brain to Bedside: How Neuroscience Informs Clinical Care for Patients with Obesity, Ellen Schur, MD
  • Physical Activity and Weight Loss and Maintenance of Weight Loss, John Jakicic, PhD
  • Losing and Regaining Weight: Do the Benefits of the Losses Outweigh the Consequences of Regain?, Steven Heymsfield, MD
  • Microbiome and Energy Balance, Eamonn Quigley, MD
  • Nutrient Metabolism and Obesity, Special Considerations after Bariatric Surgery, Jeffrey Mechanick, MD
  • Metabolic Effects of Bariatric Surgery and What They Teach Us About Appetite Regulation, Jamie Mullally, MD1
  • Past and Present Challenges in Childhood Obesity, Sandra Hassink, MD
  • Chronic Stress and Obesity, Rajita Sinha, PhD

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand the influence of weight bias on care of people with obesity.
  • Understand the complexity of the development and treatment of obesity.
  • Apply best practice approaches to prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity.
  • Identify, classify and determine appropriate treatment approaches for people with obesity, including lifestyle, advanced pharmacological approaches, and bariatric surgery.
  • Create treatment plans for people with obesity that include motivational interviewing, behavior modification and nutrition and physical activity plans.
  • Integrate stress management and sleep hygiene into evaluation and treatment of people with obesity.

Course Fees:

$50 for 4 Days  - Launch Date: April 22, 2020. 

Please Note:  This is an enduring course.  Registrants will have access to the course for a year - starting April 22, 2020.  

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Participants must complete the course evaluation and pass the quiz to receive a certificate.