Body fat is more than just a layer of insulation. Scientists are making surprising discoveries about the effect of body fat on health. The amount of stored fat and its distribution on the body appear to be important indicators of underlying metabolic complications, especially the lipid abnormalities found with metabolic syndrome. Body shape, measured by waist circumference or waist to hip ratio, is a good indication of where people carry their excess fat and whether they are at increased risk for disease. The etiology of disease risk is related to the types and amounts of regulatory substances produced by excess visceral fat. These new findings can give us clues to our patients’ underlying diseases or disorders. They can also identify patients with risk factors so we can educate them about lifestyle changes.
The goal of this body fat shape continuing education program is to enhance the ability of nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, laboratory professionals and physical therapists to care for patients with varying amounts of body fat who are at risk for metabolic syndrome. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Differentiate the key proteins and hormones secreted by fat cells
- Identify three chronic diseases/disorders affected by altered states of fat regulation
- Explain why waist circumference is a better measure of healthy weight than body mass index alone
- Develop a nutrition prescription for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome
Gannett Education is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/15.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
Gannett Education is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1665 for 10/28/11 to 10/28/12, 12S1705 for 10/29/12 to 10/29/13).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017699 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120017881 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019751 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13).
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4003 for 10/20/11 to 10/19/12, 4545 for 10/20/12 to 10/19/13).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1138-2010 for 10/25/11 for 01/31/12, 123-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14).
Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/19/11 to 10/19/15.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4010 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12, 437-4514 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meetingtheir CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.