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Course Overview

Treating severe obesity is challenging. With a society that emphasizes thinness, being severely obese takes a toll, both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately, the number of people with severe obesity continues to grow. Since most diets fail, how do we successfully treat those with severe obesity? Available treatment options include behavioral, pharmacological, and surgical interventions. Registered dietitian nutritionists play an integral role in guiding the nutrition care of people with severe obesity for all types of interventions. This continuing education course will update knowledge about weight-loss medications and bariatric surgeries and nutritional guidelines, and provide tools to dietitians so they can help their clients successfully achieve their goals.

About the Course Author

Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD, has 21 years of nutrition practice experience. Since 2001, she has counseled clients concerned with weight control and food-related issues. She has developed and coordinated diet therapy and nutritional education programs specific to nutritional management of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight loss/management. Since 2006, she has taught nutrition classes for the University of Phoenix and moderated teleconferences for the National Institute for Health Education and Training. Karen Lilyquist, PhD, RD, RN, LD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN, as an outpatient dietitian at the Massachusetts General Hospital, providing nutrition care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery as well as leading behavioral weight-loss programs, and as a consultant for the American Institute for Cancer Research writing web articles and blogs focusing on recipes and tips for weight loss and overall health. Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 8.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Compare and contrast the risk for disease between those with obesity and those with severe obesity; Compare and contrast the treatment methods used for severely obese children/adolescents and severely obese adults; Compare and contrast the types of bariatric surgeries available and discuss the safety and effectiveness of each type of surgery; Compare and contrast the types of weight loss medications available and discuss the safety and effectiveness of each; Define binge eating disorder (BED) and its relationship to severe obesity; Define severe obesity and explain the causes for it; Describe techniques that may be helpful when counseling the severely obese; Describe the eating and exercise habits of National Weight Control Registry participants who have achieved and maintained weight loss; Discuss the diet progression after bariatric surgery and the rationale behind each diet; Discuss the psychological aspects of severe obesity; Discuss the safety and effectiveness of VLCD; Explain the biological mechanism that likely accounts for the increased metabolic disturbances associated with visceral obesity; Identify the nutrient deficiencies expected based on the anatomical changes created by the various bariatric surgeries and the vitamin and mineral recommendations for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery; Identify the types and amounts of foods likely to produce problems in severely obese individuals who have received bariatric surgery; Outline the role that severe obesity plays in various diseases
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.