Activity ID



August 16, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: Potomac Center for Medical Education

Description of CME Course

Obesity is a growing public health crisis, with the obesity prevalence among US adults of 42.4%. The American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease in 2013 and the Obesity Society and the Obesity Medicine Association have also issued statements defining obesity as a disease. However, most clinicians have received little or no education about obesity. Obesity management begins with lifestyle changes and counseling, with the addition of pharmacotherapy if needed, and if these measures are ineffective, referral to an obesity medicine specialist and possibly to a metabolic and bariatric surgeon. Unfortunately, many patients are not offered these recommended management strategies.

The educational program “Obesity: The Disease and Its Management” will provide clinicians with a greater understanding of the disease of obesity, including its etiology and physiologic effects, and management strategies, including the efficacy and safety of anti-obesity medications and how and when to incorporate them into individualized management plans.

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Educational Objectives

-Discuss factors which influence the development of obesity
-Describe the physiologic effects of obesity
-Assess the efficacy and safety of agents approved to manage obesity and those in late‐stage development
-Develop individualized management plans for patients with obesity


Obesity, Weight loss, Body mass index, Adipose


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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