Weight-Loss Medications - CHES178

Weight-Loss Medications

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

by Katy Ann MacQueen, MS, RD, LDN
(4.4 / 18 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


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 an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: 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.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

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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Samantha P - Sturtevant, WI  ·  Jun 25, 2017
Important information on weight loss medications!
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VALERIE P - BELMORE, NY  ·  May 04, 2016
I loved the drug comparison chart.
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JOSE R - Tampa, FL  ·  Nov 30, 2015
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DeeDee G - Bishop, GA  ·  Sep 14, 2015
good review of material related to drugs available for use
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Alexandra C - Nashville, TN  ·  Nov 01, 2014
Weight loss medications are becoming more common talk now and it is important to be educated on them to help others.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50