Treating Severe Obesity - RD131

Treating Severe Obesity

by Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD
(4.5 / 115 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (8.00 CPEU)

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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:

  1. Define severe obesity
  2. Explain the causes of severe obesity
  3. Know the incidence and prevalence of severe obesity in the U.S.
  4. State the number of deaths attributable to obesity each year
  5. Compare and contrast the risk for disease between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
  6. Describe how fat cells increase and decrease their lipid content
  7. Compare and contrast fat cell size and fat cell number between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
  8. Compare and contrast gender and regional fat deposition differences between those with obesity and those with severe obesity
  9. Define visceral fat and visceral obesity
  10. Explain the biological mechanism that likely accounts for the increased metabolic disturbances associated with visceral obesity
  11. Explain why hypertension is the most common disease associated with severe obesity but why not all severely obese individuals have high blood pressure
  12. Outline the role that severe obesity plays in diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance syndrome and some cancers
  13. Explain the relationship between severe obesity and sleep apnea, severe reflux esophagitis, and orthopedic problems
  14. Define binge eating disorder (BED) and its relationship to severe obesity
  15. Discuss the psychological aspects of severe obesity
  16. Identify the benefits of weight loss in the severely obese
  17. Compare and contrast the eating and exercise habits of those who are not obese and those with severe obesity
  18. Describe the eating and exercise habits of National Weight Control Registry participants who have achieved and maintained weight loss
  19. Define very low calorie diets (VLCD)
  20. Outline the VLCD selection criteria and contraindications
  21. Discuss the safety and effectiveness of VLCD
  22. Compare and contrast the types of weight loss medications available
  23. Describe the controversy surrounding the use of ephedrine-containing dietary supplements
  24. Discuss the safety and effectiveness of weight loss medications
  25. Compare and contrast the types of bariatric surgeries available
  26. Identify the nutrient deficiencies expected based on the anatomical changes created by the bariatric surgery
  27. Identify the types and amounts of foods likely to produce problems in severely obese individuals who have received bariatric surgery
  28. Discuss the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery
  29. Describe techniques that may be helpful when counseling the severely obese
  30. Compare and contrast the treatment methods used for severely obese children/adolescents and severely obese adults  
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Accreditation Information
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.

Course Originally Released on: 2/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/7/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/31/2017

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.

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Renee N - North Canton, OH  ·  Sep 29, 2016
very informative, thorough, well written and easy to follow
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Rachel H - Fort Worth , TX  ·  May 17, 2016
This information was helpful to have as a background for my professional development with bariatric patients.
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CECILIA M - SAN JOSE, CA  ·  May 13, 2016
Very helpful to my knowledge. Give me a lot of ideas about hypertension in regards to my family history.
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Elza P - Forest Hills, NY  ·  May 09, 2016
This course gives a good overview of severe obesity and its treatment options.
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Iris M - Queens, NY  ·  May 03, 2016
Tough but jogs the memory
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