MIMS Education

Overview of Non-surgical Management of Obesity in Adults

Overview of Non-surgical Management of Obesity in Adults

Family MedicineGeneral PracticeInternal MedicineEndocrinology
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About this course

Obesity is a multifactorial, chronic, relapsing and progressive disease which significantly increases both morbidity and mortality in affected patients. Several disorders occur with greater frequency in patients with obesity, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and various cancers. In most patients with obesity, clinically relevant improvements in many risk factors can be seen with weight reduction of 5–10% body weight. However, managing obesity requires a multidisciplinary approach to counteract the body’s resistance to weight loss.

This e-learning module provides a brief overview on the pathophysiology of obesity and reviews the pharmacologic treatment of obesity in adults.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand obesity as a disease and the need to treat it
  • Review the pharmacologic approach to obesity treatment

Topics covered

  • Obesity: definition, associated health risks, evaluation
  • Pathogenesis of obesity
    • Role of craving
  • Therapeutic benefits of weight loss in obesity
  • Approach to treatment, choosing candidate for drug therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy – drug characteristics, mechanism of action, administration, advantages, and adverse effects
    • Drug preference in the presence of comorbidities

1 CPD Point Available

  • Score at least 80% in the multiple-choice quiz.

Keywords: Obesity, treatment of obesity, weight reduction