Weighing the Evidence on Obesity

Weighing the Evidence on Obesity

In the United States, one-third of adults are obese, a nearly threefold increase over the last several decades. Another one-third of US adults are overweight. Estimates on the annual cost of medical expenditures associated with obesity are approximately $150 billion. The primary goal of the CME activity is to help practitioners understand the growing burden of obesity and its association with chronic diseases, morbidity and mortality.  The course focuses on physician strategies to initiate behavior change and healthy lifestyles, and also touches on the several weight loss drugs currently approved by the FDA.  A large emphasis is also placed on diagnosing obesity. This course was developed and jointly provided by Alosa Health, Inc. ( www.alosahealth.org ).

Learning Objectives:

  • Screen patients for obesity and discuss the health risks of being overweight/obesity
  • Assess patient's motivation to modify lifestyle and define success in terms of realistic goals.
  • Encourage multi-component lifestyle interventions to reduce weight and lower CV risk.
  • Recognize that prescription drugs have some efficacy data but safety concerns limit their use.
  • Recognize that weight-loss surgery in selected patients leads to long-term weight loss, and decreases risk of diabetes and mortality

Course Fees:
MMS Member Physicians: $30
Nonmember Physicians: $55
Allied Health Professionals: $24

Format:  Text & Graphics

CME Credit:  2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Alosa Foundation.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

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