Adult Obesity in the United States - 0513-0000-16-066-H04-P

Adult Obesity in the United States

A Growing Epidemic

by Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
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Obesity affects the entire scope of a person’s life, including health, social relationships, self-image, and psychological well-being. Obesity rates in the United States remain the highest in the world. Now recognized as a chronic disease that must be managed long term, the American Medical Association has added a new subspecialty to its continuum of care, the obesity medicine physician. As the numbers of obese people in our society rises, the healthcare industry must assimilate this aspect of their treatment and care into daily practice. This module introduces healthcare professionals to the epidemic that obesity has become, reviews current treatments and plans of care, and discusses the psychosocial impact that being obese has upon the individual and society.


The goal of this program is to familiarize nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists with the growing epidemic of obesity among adults in the U.S.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  1. Describe six major contributing factors for obesity in adults.
  2. Provide patient education on the benefits and adverse effects of three prescription medications for obesity.
  3. Explain the differences between four surgical approaches to the management of obesity.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 10/07/2016; Planned Expiration Date: 10/07/2019

Course Originally Released on: 8/9/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/1/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/7/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Brock B - AURORA, CO  ·  Mar 14, 2018
Great review of obesity. It is out of control in this country.
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Jacqueline M - Hartville, OH  ·  Feb 10, 2018
good description of medications, surgery and general good health.
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Ali H - Kuwait, AL  ·  Feb 07, 2018
good course with a good data help improving our information
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Tina D - La Mesa, CA  ·  Feb 02, 2018
i learned some new information.
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Kelly L - Allison Park, PA  ·  Jan 31, 2018
easy read, good information
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