Weight-Loss Medications - AT178

Weight-Loss Medications

Controversies, Benefits, and an Update on FDA-Approved Drugs

by Katy MacQueen Hartman, MS, RD, LDN
(4.2 / 426 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Diets fail, and many people trying to diet end up feeling like failures. With more than one-third of Americans considered obese and one-third overweight, there have to be other options for weight loss. Physical activity, diet modifications (such as reducing energy intake), and positive behavior changes are recognized methods for weight control, but don’t seem to make a dent in the obesity epidemic. To reduce the crippling effects of the obesity epidemic on individuals and the nation as a whole, pharmacotherapy may be used as a supplement to nutrition and physical activity counseling and lifestyle management. There are now five FDA-approved medications for chronic weight management, and several others are approved for short-term use. Weight-loss medications continue to be controversial, making a risk-benefit analysis key before implementing this type of weight-loss intervention.


The goal of this weight-loss medication continuing education course is to educate healthcare professionals about the risks, benefits, and appropriateness of the weight-loss medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List FDA-approved weight-loss medications and explain the pharmacological effects each has in the body
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the use of prescription drugs in the treatment of obesity
  • Identify appropriate candidates for weight-loss drugs as part of a interprofessional team

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 12/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/14/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/14/2019

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.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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DANIEL C - Wilmington, DE  ·  Aug 05, 2017
this coarse helped me reinforce the negative issues with weigh loss meds.
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Lydia T - Anaheim, CA  ·  May 08, 2017
I never have thought that there are weight -loss medication that a Doctor can prescribe for a candidate person.
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Lisa K - ,  ·  Aug 05, 2016
good information. Concise.
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ANDREA K - Honolulu, HI  ·  Jun 22, 2016
Good overview of medications specific to obesity. The provided table of meds is helpful.
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MARIE G - Watkinsville, GA  ·  Jan 05, 2016
better understanding of weight loss medications
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50