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Highlights of the Medical Aspects of Obesity and Its Treatment: A Physician's Perspective

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, learners will be able to:
1.         Review a brief history of obesity treatment and the evolution of medications used for obesity treatment, including potential targets.
2.         Learn how the current FDA approved medications for obesity treatment work and the most common side effects patients may experience. 
3.         Discuss how anti-obesity medications can improve both patients’ active weight loss and long term weight loss maintenance. 
4.         Understand that patients with obesity face a higher risk of multiple diseases and briefly review the most common of these.
5.         Know the important psychological complications that patients with obesity may suffer. 
Essential Practice Competencies Addressed
Reflects, integrates and evaluates using critical thinking when faced with problems, issues and challenges.
Applies knowledge of the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy, dietary supplements, functional foods and nutrients on health and disease in accordance with the Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs.