This three-part series will explore various aspects related to medical weight loss. Earn AMA/ANCC/CDR credit for each activity completed.

These activities are designed to meet the educational needs of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, PAs and other health care professionals that have an interest in learning about medical weight loss (MWL).

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    Medical Weight Loss Overview
    Earn 1.0 credit
    This is part one of a series of activities focusing on MWL. This activity will provide an overview of obesity as a complex and chronic disease, will review its classification, and will examine the factors that cause weight loss to be so challenging to sustain. Participants will also explore how the aspects of the MWL program are structured to promote sustainability.

    Pharmacotherapy Principles and Considerations for Weight Management
    Earn 1.0 credit
    This is part two of a series of activities focusing on MWL. This activity will review the rationale, mechanisms of action, and indications for current FDA-approved anti-obesity pharmacotherapies, as well as explore medications that have weight-loss-promoting potential.

    Supratentorial Matters Associated with Obesity
    Earn 1.0 credit
    This is the third in a series of activities focusing on MWL. This activity focuses on the physiological processes that occur in obesity and cause fundamental changes in neurocircuitry that impact mental and physical health, sleep, aging, and the experience of pain. Participants will examine the cycle of obesity and how bias, stigma, discrimination, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) negatively contribute to these mental and physical effects.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of these educational activities, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss obesity as a chronic and complex disease and describe its classification and long-term effects.
    • Describe how the MWL program is structured to promote sustainable weight loss and how health care team coordination can most effectively support individuals in weight loss.
    • Identify the rationale and mechanisms-of-action behind anti-obesity pharmacotherapy and discuss current and potential medications and their indications.
    • Review the short- and long-term effects of obesity on mental health, sleep, aging, pain, and the development of neurocognitive impairment, as well as the influences of bias, stigma, and discrimination on these processes.

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    These activities are jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group, Medical and Health & Safety.

    Commercial Support
    There was no commercial support received for these activities.

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