Counseling Your Obese Patients: Treatment Strategies and the Latest Evidence-based Guidelines
This activity is sponsored by the California Academy of Family Physicians
This activity is intended for family medicine physicians, endocrinologists and other primary care providers and team members who manage patients with obesity.
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Counseling your Obese Patient: Treatment Strategies and the Latest Evidence-based Guidelines has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to .50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP accreditation begins December 2, 2014. Term of approval is for one year from this date.
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This activity is supported by an unrestricted grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
The epidemic of obesity is now recognized as one of the most important public health problems facing the world today. Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. Tragically, adult obesity is more common globally than under-nutrition. More than two-thirds of Americans today are overweight, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than or equal to 25, and around one third of the population is obese, with a BMI of greater than or equal to 30. As overweight patients increase in both number and severity, the burden on the economy, the health system, patient quality of life, and patient health outcomes continues to grow as well.
Primary care providers play an important role in obesity management, since they often serve as the patients' first, only and/or primary point-of-contact with the health care system. However, most studies show that screening and counseling for obesity is not occurring regularly during primary care office visits. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that clinicians screen all adults for obesity and offer intensive multicomponent behavioral interventions to affected individuals, either by providing such treatment themselves or referring patients to appropriate interventions.1 This means at checkups, doctors should measure their patients' weight and height and calculate their BMI. According to a 2012 survey conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians, only about 40 percent of doctors measure BMI, and 33 percent talk to their patients about weight loss. For clinically obese patients (BMI ≥ 30), 70 percent did not receive a diagnosis of obesity and 63 percent did not receive counseling from their physician.
1 Moyer, V.A. on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 2012. Screening for and management of obesity in adults. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann. Intern. Med. 157: 373–378.
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