Adult Weight Management - CHES188

Adult Weight Management

by Emily Schmitt Sachs, MS, RD, LDN and Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, NWCC, FAND
(4.6 / 387 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (9.00 CECH)

Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50


The health of our society depends on professionals having current, practical information about weight management, and the confidence to make effective recommendations and judgments. Obesity contributes to four of the leading causes of death in the U.S. -- heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, which were responsible for over 1.4 million deaths in 2017. The estimated economic impact of obesity on the U.S. health care system – including both direct and indirect costs -- surpasses $100 billion per year. All healthcare professionals have key roles to play in addressing the issues of weight management. While many of the basic principles of effective weight management have remained the same over the years, new information is revealed on an ongoing basis and healthcare professionals should understand and keep current with the best evidence-based treatment options for overweight and obesity.


The goal of this adult weight management course is to provide practitioners with current and practical information on the causes, influences, and best treatment options for overweight and obesity to make effective recommendations for clients. Upon successful completion of this course, the leaner will be able to:
  • Explain how the prevalence of obesity has changed in the past 20 to 30 years.
  • List at least three reasons why some Americans will never achieve and should not diet to achieve the “ideal” weight as defined by body mass index.
  • Define overweight and obesity using BMI.
  • List five or more health risks of obesity.
  • Explain the calorie balance/imbalance root cause of obesity and at least four factors that influence it.
  • Explain at least four benefits of physical activity.
  • Estimate a person’s calorie needs and discuss DRI recommended levels.
  • Determine the efficacy and nutritional soundness of popular weight-loss programs.
  • Outline at least four components of an effective, healthy lifestyle/weight-loss program.
  • Discuss the current bariatric surgeries as well as their benefits and risks.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
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 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.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, 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 9.0 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, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.. 

Course Originally Released on: 5/21/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/15/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/15/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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FAHEY P - Baltimore, MD  ·  Apr 03, 2020
Great course. Very informative, would reccomend
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Angela F - Delran, NJ  ·  Mar 24, 2020
I felt that it was too long and perhaps could have been separated into two different learning modules
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Lilian A - La Mirada, CA  ·  Mar 21, 2020
Very informative, real statistics and I can relate with the current population we take care of, many obese individuals.
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Emnet K - Hyattsville , MD  ·  Mar 13, 2020
relevant and informative
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ADWOA A - CLARKSBURG, MD  ·  Mar 13, 2020
very good course and helpful for everyone
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Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50