Adult Weight Management Self-Study Learning Objectives

After completing the self-study module, you will be able to: 

  1. Describe the current prevalence of overweight and obesity.
  2. Identify risk factors and diseases associated with overweight/obesity.
  3. Identify genetic, biologic, and environmental contributors to weight status.
  4. Define body mass index and waist circumference, and identify indications for use.
  5. Define and distinguish among healthy weight, overweight, and obesity.
  6. Distinguish among key methods used to measure body composition.
  7. Recognize current evidence-based recommendations for assessment and treatment of weight management ADA Adult Weight Management Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, and the 2013 new AHA/ACC/TOS Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
  8. Be aware of techniques (and their limitations) used to assess dietary intake in overweight and obesity.
  9. Identify behavioral predictors of successful weight maintenance based on outcomes of the National Weight Control Registry.
  10. Recognize current research evaluating the efficacy of leading popular diets and diet approaches for weight management.
  11. Identify the components of Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and its relation to obesity.
  12. Describe and begin to apply counseling skills important to successful client weight management.
  13. Be aware of emerging research, issues and non-traditional approaches to weight management.
  14. List the current public health guidelines for moderate and vigorous physical activity for adults.
  15. Distinguish between the amount and type of physical activity recommended for general health benefits and for weight management.
  16. Cite the effect of sedentary behaviors on obesity.
  17. Cite at least three ways policies, environments, and/or systems can be changed at the community-level or higher to reduce or prevent obesity.
  18. Describe the rationale for and contents of the Physical Activity Toolkit for Registered Dietitians:  Utilizing Resources of Exercise is Medicine.
  19. Identify resources to evaluate evidence-based information regarding dietary supplements promoted for weight loss.
  20. Describe vulnerable period in the life course that influence risk for obesity.
  21. Cite the effect of sedentary behaviors on obesity and other cardiometabolic risk biomarkers.