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Adult Obesity in the United States - PT601

Adult Obesity in the United States

A Growing Epidemic

by Cathy S. Birn, MA, RN, CGRN, CNOR
(4.4 / 1434 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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Obesity affects the entire scope of a person’s life, including health, social relationships, self-image, and psychological well-being. Obesity rates in the United States remain the highest in the world. Now recognized as a chronic disease that must be managed long term, the American Medical Association has added a new subspecialty to its continuum of care, the obesity medicine physician. As the numbers of obese people in our society rises, the healthcare industry must assimilate this aspect of their treatment and care into daily practice. This module introduces healthcare professionals to the epidemic that obesity has become, reviews current treatments and plans of care, and discusses the psychosocial impact that being obese has upon the individual and society.


The goal of this program is to familiarize nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists with the growing epidemic of obesity among adults in the U.S.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe six major contributing factors for obesity in adults.
  • Provide patient education on the benefits and adverse effects of three prescription medications for obesity.
  • Explain the differences between four surgical approaches to the management of obesity.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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. 13S1225 for 05/09/13 to 05/09/14; 14S1212 for 05/10/14 to 05/10/15; 15S1403 for 05/11/15 to 05/11/16; 16S1784 for 05/12/16 to 05/12/17; 17S5456 for 05/13/17 to 05/13/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020815 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021500 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023607 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27167 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539142 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539142 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5066 for 07/11/13 to 07/10/14; 6084 for 07/11/14 to 07/10/15; 6330 for 07/11/15 to 07/10/16; 2016-193 for 07/11/16 to 07/10/17; 2017-238 for 07/11/17 to 07/10/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004854 for 07/13/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006776 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010039 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1278-2012 for 05/28/13 to 01/31/14; 186-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-866 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 05/21/13 to 07/31/14.
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. 437-4890 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). 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 meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/9/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/1/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/1/2019


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Tobi-Lyn B - Coatesville, PA  ·  Oct 23, 2018
thumbs up very pertinent to today and helpful
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IRENE I - NORFOLK, VA  ·  Oct 22, 2018
Good information for a general overview of the subject matter
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Douglas G - Schwenksville, PA  ·  Oct 17, 2018
nice recap of present surgeries
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Anthony D - Saratoga Springs, NY  ·  Oct 15, 2018
Interesting facts regarding adult obesity trends.
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Chrstina B - Wyomissing, PA  ·  Oct 14, 2018
great new information that can be used in my line of work
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Price: $19.00
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