PEPtalk™ Weight Management: Talking to Your Overweight Patients about Weight Loss Therapies
Obesity is an extremely heterogeneous chronic disease with genetic, environmental, and behavioral determinants. As a result, no single treatment or therapeutic approach exists. Adherence to a healthy calorically reduced diet and physically active lifestyle are cornerstones of therapy. Bariatric surgery and recently approved anti-obesity medications have been added to the therapeutic armamentarium for patients with a weight problem, enhancing the number of choices, and in turn decisions, for both Primary Care Providers (PCPs) and patients. Since bariatric surgery is an option for only a subset of the population with BMI’s above 35, the majority of overweight patients entering the healthcare system will rely on lifestyle interventions and, when appropriate, anti-obesity medications.
Weight management experts will examine practical evidence-based techniques for selecting and implementing weight loss options to improve health outcomes in overweight patients. Focus will be on engaging patients to promote adherence in weight loss programs that meet their individual needs, including those that use weight loss medications.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Implement BMI, waist circumference, and metabolic risk factor measures into practice to utilize in discussion of body weight health risks
- Discuss weight loss medication options with obese patients including expected benefits, risks, side effects and their management, and mutually decide the best therapeutic option for achieving goals
- Develop a treatment plan with patients suffering from obesity that is evidence-based and reflects the patient’s values and preferences
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Published February 10, 2015
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