Adult Obesity in the United States - AT601

Adult Obesity in the United States

A Growing Epidemic

by Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR
(4.5 / 160 ratings )

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

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


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:
  • Describe six major contributing factors for obesity in adults
  • Provide patient education on the benefits and adverse effects of three prescription medications for obesity
  • 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, physicians and respiratory therapists.
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 or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at 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: 8/9/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/1/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/1/2019

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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Alicia R - Oxnard , CO  ·  Aug 10, 2017
I rate this course 5, yes I would recommend this course to a friend. This course is informative, with information and current surgical procedure, very thorough . thank you
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Charlene G - irvine, CA  ·  Jun 30, 2017
this was informative
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Zachary H - Laramie, WY  ·  May 26, 2017
so good I was so happy to take it
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Mayra V - Houston, TX  ·  Mar 27, 2017
I enjoy reading this course. I thought me a little about myself how to go by doing my diet.
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MARIA ESTELA B - Baldwin Park, CA  ·  Mar 09, 2017
It was a very enlightening & highly educational study.I will surely recommend it to my coworkers who need a better understanding of the medical field. I work in the operating room & I think this course will help me to better understand the procedures we do here everyday. It also has given me the confidence to pursue a career in nursing, wich I am seriously considering
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50