Why Weight? The Clinical Impact of Weight Loss on Cardiometabolic Risk and Related Comorbidities
This unique educational format on obesity and its clinical impact has been designed with you in mind; it features eight modules from which you can pick and choose based on your interests. Click to begin customizing your learning experience while proceeding at your own pace and accruing as many credits as you wish. Only have a little time now! Register, start the first module, and continue at you convenience.
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, endocrinologists, cardiologists, and other physicians, as well as allied health professionals, involved in the management of patients who would benefit from weight loss to reduce cardiometabolic risk and the incidence of related comorbidities associated with obesity.

Statement of Need/Program Overview
Obesity is the most prevalent metabolic disease globally and is widely recognized as a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and premature death; it has been associated with a myriad of other health problems, including liver disease, sleep disorders, and some forms of cancer.

It is critical that patients who are overweight or obese are provided appropriate treatment from their physicians to reduce cardiometabolic risk and the plethora of obesity-related complications that result in excess morbidity and mortality.

Join our experts as they discuss the impact of obesity and the benefit of weight loss on cardiometabolic risk and other related comorbidities, as well as the various professional obesity guidelines available and how to implement management recommendations in clinical practice.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global Education Group at 303-395-1782 or inquire@globaleducationgroup.com.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Educational Concepts in Medicine. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Note: This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

Credit Designation
Global Education Group designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education
Global Education Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for up to 3.50 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Presenting Faculty
Caroline Apovian, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Nutrition & Weight Management
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Robert H. Eckel, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes, and Cardiology
Charles A. Boettcher Chair in Atherosclerosis
Director, Lipid Clinic, University of Colorado Hospital
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado

Samuel Klein, MD
William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Human Nutrition
Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
Department of Internal Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Robert Kushner, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity
Chicago, Illinois

Educational Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
  • Identify the common comorbidities and complications of being overweight or obese and how weight loss may reduce morbidity and mortality, including diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, cancer, and polycystic ovary syndrome, among many others
  • Apply new clinical guidelines to practice when individualizing integrated treatment options for overweight and obese patients, including diet, lifestyle modifications, new technologies, pharmacotherapy, and/or bariatric surgery
  • Recognize the positive clinical impact that 5% to 10% weight loss may have on the cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities of obesity, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia
  • Outline the central nervous system mechanisms involved in regulating body weight and food intake
  • Compare the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety data on new and emerging weight-loss medications, including their impact on glycemic control, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and other complications
  • Identify the clinical and environmental barriers to achieving and sustaining weight loss
  • Employ innovative strategies and tools to enable partnering with patients to assist them in overcoming the obstacles they face to achieving weight-loss goals

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Name of Faculty Presenter and Planning Committee Reported Financial Relationship
Caroline Apovian, MD Consultant: Amylin, Arena, EnteroMedics, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Nutrisystem, Orexigen, Sanofi, Zafgen.

Grant Research Support: Amylin, Aspire Bariatrics, Atkins Foundation, GI Dynamics, Lilly, Orexigen, Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis.
Robert H. Eckel, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC Consultant: Foodminds, LLC.
Samuel Klein, MD Consultant: Aspire Bariatrics, Bristol-Myers Squibb/AstraZeneca, Dannon/Yakult, Egg Nutrition Council, Human Longevity, Janssen, NovoNordisk, NuSi, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Speakers Bureau: Merck.

Stock Shareholder: Aspire Bariatrics, Human Longevity, Metro Midwest Bio–Tech.

Endowments: Atkins Foundation Charitable Trust, Kilo Foundation.
Robert Kushner, MD, FACP Consultant: Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Retrofit, Takeda, Vivus.

Grant Research Support: Aspire Bariatrics, Weight Watchers.
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Global Clinical Reviewers: Andrea Funk; Amanda Glazar, PhD; Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN. Have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
ECM: Jo-Ann Angelucci, Project Manager; Nicole Cooper, Medical Director; Patrick J. Crowley, MBA, Managing Director. Have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.


Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy
There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Method of Participation
During the period of October 22, 2014, through October 22, 2016, participants must:
  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each question
  • Complete the evaluation form
This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health Foundation and Educational Concepts in Medicine.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Eisai.


Release Date: October 22, 2014
Expiration Date: October 22, 2016
Estimated Time to Complete Activity:
This activity consists of 8 modules and is accredited for up to 3.5 hours. You can choose to complete as many modules as you can and either claim credit based on completion or save your progress and return to complete additional modules at your convenience.
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