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Obesity Consults® ObesityForum® 2015 Highlights

Author(s)/Faculty: Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, FTOS; Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP; Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP, FTOS; Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS; Holly R. Wyatt, MD
Release Date: 10/1/2015Expiration Date: 9/12/2018
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. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 34.9% of adults in the United States. It is also a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Recent clinical guidelines clarify how obesity should be approached in the clinical setting, but many providers fail to apply them. Health care professionals must be able to understand obesity as a chronic disease and treat it accordingly; identify, counsel, and treat patients with overweight or obesity in accordance with clinical practice guidelines; utilize comprehensive, multimodal approaches to treatment; incorporate the use of anti-obesity medications based on a thorough understanding of their benefits and risks; and apply evidence-based behavioral interventions for obesity. This CME monograph, OBESITY FORUM® 2015 HIGHLIGHTS, will help health care professionals implement practice changes to avoid treatment failure, minimize the adverse effects of treatment, and improve patient outcomes.