Weight-Loss Medications - RD178

Weight-Loss Medications

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

by Katy Ann MacQueen, MS, RD, LDN
(4.5 / 61 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a Level 2 course and suggested CDR learning codes are: 3070, 4060, 5370 and performance indicators 8.2.4, 8.3.6, 10.4.1. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 12/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/14/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/15/2019

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.


For Florida professionals:

If this course is approved by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition, this course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Debra S - centreville, VA  ·  May 03, 2019
Interesting and helpful to learn about weight loss medications!
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Dorothy B - Odessa, TX  ·  Aug 27, 2018
informative and resourceful information about weight loss and the medications some patients take.
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CHRISTINA I - POMONA, CA  ·  Aug 21, 2018
Very good continuing education
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Samantha R - Austin, TX  ·  Jun 12, 2018
great overview of this topic, very timely
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Mary R - Cincinnati, OH  ·  Apr 04, 2018
Good overview of medications and interactions for weight-loss on the market today.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50