Revised February 2012. The severely obese population is increasing, and dietitic practitioners need to respond. Featuring a comprehensive section on bariatric surgery and its dietary and nutritional implications, this course allows dietitians to proceed with confidence and understanding in counseling severely obese clients. The sections on weight-loss medication, diets and physical activity for the severely obese have been updated.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Define severe obesity
- Explain the causes of severe obesity
- Know the incidence and prevalence of severe obesity in the U.S.
- State the number of deaths attributable to obesity each year
- Compare and contrast the risk for disease between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
- Describe how fat cells increase and decrease their lipid content
- Compare and contrast fat cell size and fat cell number between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
- Compare and contrast gender and regional fat deposition differences between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
- Define visceral fat and visceral obesity
- Explain the biological mechanism that likely accounts for the increased metabolic disturbances associated with visceral obesity
- Explain why hypertension is the most common disease associated with severe obesity but why not all severely obese individuals have high blood pressure
- Outline the role that severe obesity plays in diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance syndrome and some cancers
- Explain the relationship between severe obesity and sleep apnea, severe reflux esophagitis, and orthopedic problems
- Define binge eating disorder (BED) and its relationship to severe obesity
- Discuss the psychological aspects of severe obesity
- Identify the benefits of weight loss in the severely obese
- Compare and contrast the eating and exercise habits of those who are not obese and those with severe obesity
- Describe the eating and exercise habits of National Weight Control Registry participants who have achieved and maintained weight loss
- Define very low calorie diets (VLCD)
- Outline the VLCD selection criteria and contraindications
- Discuss the safety and effectiveness of VLCD
- Compare and contrast the types of weight loss medications available
- Describe the controversy surrounding the use of ephedrine-containing dietary supplements
- Discuss the safety and effectiveness of weight loss medications
- Compare and contrast the types of bariatric surgeries available
- Identify the nutrient deficiencies expected based on the anatomical changes created by the bariatric surgery
- Identify the types and amounts of foods likely to produce problems in severely obese individuals who have received bariatric surgery
- Discuss the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery
- Describe techniques that may be helpful when counseling the severely obese
- Compare and contrast the treatment methods used for severely obese children/adolescents and severely obese adults
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The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3020, 3070, 4090, 5200, 5220, 5370, 5410, 6010, 6020 and performance indicators: 8.1.5, 8.2.1, 8.3.7, 10.2.8.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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