Obesity Management: Optimizing Care of Your Patients


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Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Describe the role of hormonal and neural mechanisms in the regulation of appetite, food intake, and body weight
  • Recognize the behavioral approaches to obesity management that are most impactful in practice
  • Describe the mechanism of action, safety, and efficacy of new medical therapies for obesity
  • Explain the comparative effectiveness of the surgical treatments for obesity, including what is known about mechanisms of action
  • Develop an approach to choosing a treatment strategy that is most optimal for managing obesity


Endocrinologists, internists, endocrine nurses, and other allied health professionals who treat patients with obesity.


As a provider of continuing medical education (CME) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Endocrine Society has a policy of ensuring that the content and quality of this educational activity are balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. The scientific content of this activity was developed under the supervision of the Endocrine Society's Special Programs Committee (SPC). The commercial supporter(s) of this activity have no influence over the planning of this CME activity.


The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to The Endocrine Society and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the commercial interest(s) in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria or other payments for participation in speakers' bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial benefits. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent CME planners with relevant financial relationships from planning or delivery of content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgments of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity with regard to exposition or conclusion.
The Endocrine Society has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationship(s) during the content development process for this activity:

Ken Fujioka, MD: Research Support, Novo Nordisk; Consultant, Eisai, Gelesis, KVK-tech, Novo Nordisk, Orexigen; Speaker, Novo Nordisk, Orexigen, Takeda
The following SPC member who planned and reviewed content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships: Connie Newman, MD

The following SPC Committee members reported financial relationships:

Zahid Ahmad, MD: Consultant, Regeneron; Speaker, Amgen, Genzyme, Sanofi
Andrew Ahmann, MD: Research Support, DexCom, Lexicon Medtronic, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi Aventis; Consultant, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Dexcom
John Carmichael, MD: Research Support, Novo Nordisk, Chiasma, Novartis, Pfizer, Strongbridge Biopharma; Speaker, Novartis; Advisory Board, Pfizer, Chiasma, Ionis Pharmaceuticals
E Michael Lewiecki, MD: Advisory Board, Amgen, Merck, Eli Lilly, Radius Health, Shire, and Alexion; Speaker, Shire; Research Grant Support, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Merck
Alan Kelly, MD: Research Support, Novo Nordisk; Speaker, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim
Lisa Nachtigall, MD: Consultant, Pfizer, Chiasma
Neda Rasouli, MD: Research Support, Novo Nordisk, Calibra, INTARCIA Therapeutics, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol Meyer Squibb, AstraZeneca /Amylin, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer
The Endocrine Society has reviewed these relationships to determine which are relevant to the content of this activity and resolved any identified conflicts of interest for these individuals.
The following SPC members reported no relevant financial relationships: Giuseppe Barbesino, MD; Natalie Cusano, MD; Joan Han, MD; Amy Rothberg, MD
Endocrine Society staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.


The information presented in this activity represents the opinion of the faculty and is not necessarily the official position of the Endocrine Society.

Use of professional judgment:

The educational content in this activity relates to basic principles of diagnosis and therapy and does not substitute for individual patient assessment based on the health care provider's examination of the patient and consideration of laboratory data and other factors unique to the patient. Standards in medicine change as new data become available.

Drugs and dosages:

When prescribing medications, the physician is advised to check the product information sheet accompanying each drug to verify conditions of use and to identify any changes in drug dosage schedule or contraindications.


The Endocrine Society has determined that disclosure of unlabeled/off-label or investigational use of commercial product(s) is informative for audiences and therefore requires this information to be disclosed to the learners at the beginning of the presentation. Uses of specific therapeutic agents, devices, and other products discussed in this educational activity may not be the same as those indicated in product labeling approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Endocrine Society requires that any discussions of such "off-label" use be based on scientific research that conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. Before recommending or prescribing any therapeutic agent or device, learners should review the complete prescribing information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse events.


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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.


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LAST REVIEW DATE: September 9, 2016
ACTIVITY EXPIRATION DATE: September 30, 2017 (date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)
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