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Achieving a Comfort Level in Managing Obesity in 2015 and Beyond

Author(s)/Faculty: John J. Russell, MD; Scott Kahan, MD, MPH; Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP; Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Release Date: 12/15/2014Expiration Date: 12/14/2015
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
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Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years and is considered a health care epidemic in the United States. One-third of US adults are considered obese, having a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or more, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Medical Association recently designated obesity as a disease. Challenges in the management of obesity persist, and the current health care system is not designed for long-term oversight of patients battling a complex mix of physiologic, psychological, and social determinants. New guidelines issued jointly by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and The Obesity Society urge health care providers to actively help their patients achieve and maintain a healthier body weight. Family physicians have a critical role to play in promoting positive health behaviors and turning the tide on the obesity epidemic. This CME activity will address these new guidelines, the complex relationship between obesity and comorbidities, and new anti-obesity therapies as well as those in late-stage development. Tools will be provided to improve patient engagement and encourage family physicians to change their practice behaviors to improve patients’ health.