Regulation of Body Weight - PT55

Regulation of Body Weight

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN
(4.3 / 8307 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Obesity is a global health concern associated with a number of acute and chronic health problems. Losing a modest percentage of body weight can decrease risk for chronic diseases. However, losing weight is not easy; keeping it off is even more difficult. To lose weight, a negative energy balance is needed, which the body interprets as a sign to increase food intake. This course will examine the complex nature of energy balance that is critical for successful weight loss and maintenance of that loss. It is crucial to understand the role of fat tissue and how it plays a role in determining hunger and satiety; the role of genetics in body fat distribution and body weight regulation; the communication networks among the brain, hormones, peptides, organs and tissues; gut microbes; and other components of the body involved in regulating hunger and weight.


The goal of this regulation of body weight continuing education program is to provide dietitians, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists with information on the role of energy balance in obesity. After studying the information presented here, the learner will be able to:
  • Define obesity, explain how to measure it and list its potential health complications
  • Discuss the consequences of body fat distribution in men and women
  • Discuss the interactions of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, organs, and the brain in the regulation of energy balance, and the roles they play in obesity

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the:
Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019064 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019105 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022321 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023814 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27184 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539576 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539576 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4446 for 07/01/12 to 06/30/13; 5133 for 07/01/13 to 06/30/14; 5677 for 07/01/14 to 06/30/15; 6222 for 07/01/15 to 06/30/16; 2016-187 for 07/01/16 to 06/30/17; 2017-231 for 07/01/17 to 06/30/18).
Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003280 for 08/27/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003865 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007142 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010058 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 697-2012, expiration date 01/31/14; 2014-1126 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-840 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/24/12 to 07/31/14.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4436 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4952 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 4/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/17/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018


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Isaiah W - Sheffield, PA  ·  Nov 20, 2018
This was a good review. I enjoyed the course.
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Donald Stephen L - Bernville, PA  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Very interesting info. I did know much of this.
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Tonia B - Midland, TX  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Good and thorough course.
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Lynette R - Wellington, CO  ·  Oct 24, 2018
Useful information for outpatient weight-loss clinic
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Stephanie R - DeWitt, MI  ·  Sep 28, 2018
overview of prevalence of obesity, impact, and contributing factors.
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Price: $19.00
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