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Assessing Cornerstones for Successful Weight Loss: Building a Foundation that Really Works

Author(s)/Faculty: Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS; Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP, FTOS; Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS; Patrick M. O'Neil, PhD
Release Date: 1/30/2015Expiration Date: 1/29/2016
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
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Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 2 decades and is now considered a health care epidemic in the United States, where more than one-third of adults (34.9%) are affected by this disease. The main burden associated with obesity is an increased risk for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain cancers. Diagnosis and effective treatment of patients with obesity is therefore essential. Despite the availability of relevant guidelines and evidence-based interventions, obesity is suboptimally managed in clinical practice. Many physicians remain uncertain about its pathophysiology and status as a chronic disease, making underdiagnosis and undertreatment common. Furthermore, successful outcomes in the treatment of obesity are hampered by numerous factors, including missing or ineffective provider communication, controversies and knowledge deficits in the use of behavioral therapies in combination with adjunctive pharmacotherapies, provider fatalism, and misunderstanding of obesity’s causes. In this interactive CME program, leading specialists will discuss the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that contribute to the definition of obesity as a chronic disease; evidence-based behavioral interventions in the treatment of patients with overweight and obesity; and the use of behavioral interventions in combination with safe and effective pharmacotherapy.