Emerging Perspectives on Personalized Approaches to Managing Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity

1.00 CME
$0 FEE
Emerging Perspectives on Personalized Approaches to Managing Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity


Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Activity Description

Obesity among children and young adults has escalated substantially over recent decades and now represents one of the major global health problems of the current era. Numerous mechanisms are involved in the regulation of body fat and weight, and when these are disturbed, they can lead to diverse subtypes of obesity. Genetics, developmental influences (metabolic programming or epigenetic modification), and environmental factors all play important roles. Personalized approaches to the management of obesity in children and adolescents are key to improving quality of life and long-term successful outcomes. Using short lectures and illustrative case studies, this CME activity describes some of the emerging opportunities for precision medicine and advanced diagnostic testing to enhance obesity treatment in this patient population.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the activity is endocrinologists, family practice physicians, internists, obesity specialists, and other health care professionals who manage pediatric and adolescent obesity. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant may be better able to:

  • Describe the genetics associated with obesity from a global perspective.
  • Characterize eating behavior phenotypes in relation to tailoring treatment selection.
  • Assess the role of precision medicine in relation to advanced treatments for pediatric and adolescent obesity.
  • Identify opportunities and barriers to optimizing pediatric and adolescent obesity management through case studies.

Activity Chair

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, FTOS
Director, Obesity, Metabolism, and Nutrition
Institute Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
President-elect, The Obesity Society
Boston, MA


Joan C. Han, MD
Director, Pediatric Obesity Program
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

Peter Kühnen, MD
Professor Doctor
Institute for Experimental Pediatric Endocrinology
Charité Universitätsmedizin
Berlin, Germany

Sonali Malhotra, MD
Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Boston, MA

Erica L. T. van den Akker, MD, PhD
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Associate Professor
Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital
Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP


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

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, January 3, 2020, through January 2, 2021.

How to Participate in This Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, view the content, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 3 out of 4 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.


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Activity Chair and Faculty report the following relationship(s)

Joan C. Han, MD
Consulting Fee: Rhythm Pharmaceuticals
Contracted Research: Insys, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, FTOS
Consulting Fees: Boehringer Ingelheim, Fractyl, Gelesis, GI Dynamics, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, US National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of State
President-elect and member of the Board of Directors: The Obesity Society

Peter Kühnen, MD
Contracted Research (paid to institution): Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Sonali Malhotra, MD
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Erica L. T. van den Akker, MD, PhD
Contracted Research (paid to institution): Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Reviewer reports the following relationship(s)

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s)

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non–FDA-approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

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