The Obesity Conundrum: Practical Approaches for Patients Who Are Obese and “Well,” Obese with Risk Factors, and Obese and “Sick”

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | EST

Location: International Ballroom E-F, Omni Hotel at CNN Center

Sponsor: Sponsored by Vindico Medical Education.

Supporter: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk.

Course Chair: Ken Fujioka, MD

Faculty: Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP; Arya M. Sharma, MD, PhD, DSc (hc), FRCPC

Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, and is considered a healthcare epidemic in the United States. One-third of adults in the United States are considered obese, having a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m², according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the prevalence and economic impact of obesity and related comorbidities continue to grow, it will be increasingly important for health care providers to be armed with the most up-to-date information available on treatment options and strategies to best manage patient care. The importance of weight management is clear, yet the challenges of and barriers to goal attainment are signifi cant. Health care providers must be prepared to confront this complex disease condition with advanced information, an evaluation of its comorbidities, and a full understanding of the treatment options available or on the horizon. The population of individuals with obesity is not homogenous; rather, obesity varies in severity, onset and expression of symptoms, and comorbid conditions. Successful management of obese patients will be multifaceted and may involve the use of existing treatments, new pharmacologic agents, and lifestyle modifications. This CME program will feature an interactive, audience driven case-based approach to characterizing the obesity population to help guide treatment, the efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapy in special population groups, including patients with prediabetes and diabetes, and strategies for an individualized approach to weight management.



Time Topic Faculty
6:30pm Registration and Dinner
7:00pm Introduction and Pretest
Ken Fujioka, MD
7:05pm Correlation Between the Gut and Weight in the Obese Patient: How the Human Body Regulates Body Weight in the Obese
Ken Fujioka, MD
7:10pm Across the Spectrum: Characterizing the Obesity Population to Help Guide Treatment
Arya M. Sharma, MD, PhD, FRCPC
7:30pm Treatment Options for Obesity: When and How Do They Fit?
Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP
7:50pm Panel Discussion
8:00pm Case Choice – Audience Driven Case-based Learning: The Obese and “Well” Patients, the Obese with Risk Factors Patients, and the Obese and “Sick” Patients
Moderated by Ken Fujioka, MD
8:40pm Posttest
8:45pm Question and Answer