Current Approaches to Managing Patients With Obesity: Considering Weight Loss, Comorbidities, Pharmacotherapy, and Complications

Release Date: December 17, 2021 
Last Reviewed: December 15, 2021 
Expiration Date: December 17, 2022
Time to Complete Activity:  1.0 hour
*This activity expired for credit on December 17, 2022 and is no longer available for credit


Robert F. Kushner, MD (Chair)
Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Center for Lifestyle Medicine
Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA
Instructor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
Boston, MA 

W. Timothy Garvey, MD
Butterworth Professor
Director, Diabetes Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAO, FOMA
Scottsdale Weight Loss Center 
Scottsdale, AZ
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In partnership with the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) and Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).
Disclosure of Financial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.    

Target Audience
This activity has been designed for clinicians interested in the management of patients with obesity. Specialties include primary care providers, cardiologists, endocrinologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, and rheumatologists.

Statement of Need
Obesity continues to become more prevalent in the United States, and with it, patients’ health and quality of life are diminished by increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, cometabolic conditions, some cancers, and mood disorders. The majority of clinicians are uncertain addressing obesity and weight loss for and with their patients out of fear of alienating the patient. Few clinicians are up to date on recent data supporting the use of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (RAs) for weight loss in terms of the extraglycemic effects that induce satiety and reduce effects of adiposopathy, resulting in weight loss and reduced obesity-related morbidity and mortality. Clinicians seek education to help foster weight loss to aid patients in achieving their health goals.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the parameters of the diagnosis of obesity and the impact on patient health
  • Summarize the efficacy of GLP-1 RAs for weight loss and effects on comorbid conditions and related complications
  • Select evidence-based, guideline-aligned treatment for patients with obesity and comorbid conditions and related complications

Defining Obesity and Its Effects
Pharmacologic Treatment of Obesity
Pathways to Effective Patient Communication

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Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA
Advisor: Gelesis

W. Timothy Garvey, MD
Research Funding: Eli Lilly and Company; Epitomee; Novo Nordisk, Inc.; Pfizer Inc (expired)

Robert F. Kushner, MD
Advisor: Novo Nordisk, Inc.; Pfizer Inc
Research Funding: Epitomee 

Craig Primack, MD,, FACP, FAAO, FOMA
Advisor: Gelesis; Phenomix Sciences
Speaker’s Bureau: Currax Pharmaceuticals LLC

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Obesity Medicine Association staff member has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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