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Body Fat Shapes Patients’ Health - PT375

Body Fat Shapes Patients’ Health

by Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN
(4.1 / 1153 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Body fat is more than just a layer of insulation. Scientists are making surprising discoveries about the effect of body fat on health. The amount of stored fat and its distribution on the body appear to be important indicators of underlying metabolic complications, especially the lipid abnormalities found with metabolic syndrome. Body shape, measured by waist circumference, is a good indication of where people carry their excess fat and whether they are at increased risk for disease. The etiology of disease risk is related to the types and amounts of regulatory substances produced by excess visceral fat. Knowing how these regulatory substances influence our patients’ underlying diseases or disorders can give us clues to identify patients with increased risk factors so we can educate them about lifestyle changes.


The goal of this body fat continuing education program is to enhance the ability of nurses, dietitians, health educators, physicians and physical therapists to care for patients with varying amounts of body fat who are at risk for metabolic syndrome. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Differentiate the key proteins and hormones secreted by fat cells
  • Identify three chronic diseases/disorders affected by altered states of fat regulation
  • Explain why waist circumference is a better measure of healthy weight than body mass index alone
  • Develop a nutrition prescription for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1665 for 10/28/11 to 10/28/12, 12S1705 for 10/29/12 to 10/29/13; 13S1868 for 10/30/13 to 10/30/14; 14S1718 for 10/31/14 to 10/31/15; 15S2342 for 11/01/15 to 11/01/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017699 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120017881 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019751 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021517 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023815 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27241 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-334181 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-334181 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4003 for 10/20/11 to 10/19/12, 4545 for 10/20/12 to 10/19/13, 5314 for 10/20/13 to 10/19/14; 5843 for 10/20/14 to 10/19/15; 2145 for 10/20/15 to 10/19/16; 2016-407 for 10/20/16 to 10/19/17; 2017-426 for 10/20/17 to 10/19/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002693 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE004226 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006358 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009946 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1138-2010 for 10/25/11 for 01/31/12, 123-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 213-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-373 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-212 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/19/11 to 10/19/15.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4010 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12, 437-4514 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meetingtheir CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/31/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/29/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/29/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Amy B - Durham, NH  ·  Oct 23, 2018
A little hard to follow but all came together
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Pam W - Saint Charles, MO  ·  Oct 23, 2018
a great deal of information that took several readings. Valued to references to risk for CV disease
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Kari R - Jerseyville, IL  ·  Oct 22, 2018
informative info and good review of obesity
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Josefina F - CLEARWATER, FL  ·  Oct 14, 2018
It's very informative and helpful and sort of awakening regarding the importance of healthy body weight
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Carol B - Waccabuc, NY  ·  Oct 09, 2018
Good information with review of physiology.
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Price: $19.00
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