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Obesity is now recognized as a chronic illness that requires ongoing treatment, much like diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. This is now encompassed by Obesity Medicine, the fastest-growing new specialty. In this keynote talk, Dr. Louis Aronne discusses multidisciplinary approaches to combating obesity, including prescription of diet, exercise, and behavioral modification. He will further review pharmacologic therapies, devices, and surgeries that can be considered as adjuncts to lifestyle interventions in appropriate patients.


Primary care health providers play an important role in getting patients to adopt healthy behaviors and make positive lifestyle changes. Learn to apply patient-centric communication strategies such as open-ended questioning, affirmations and reflective listening to get patients to initiate changes.


In this activity, Dr. Domino will discuss easy and effective strategies for encouraging weight loss in patients. He will discuss what constitutes healthy eating and dispel some food and diet myths.

Healthy Habits

Dr. Domino addresses several questions relevant to primary care providers regarding treating infections in children, obesity, diet and exercise. He also reviews new information on dietary supplements and lists suggestions for lifestyle for managing obesity.

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Using two cases scenarios, Dr. Teresia O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, reviews the challenges and solutions for managing obesity in children, including when to screen for comorbid conditions and key behaviors to focus on in children to help them lose weight and encourage health lifestyle habits.

Surgery to Control T2 Diabetes

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz, an expert in laparoendoscopic and bariatric surgery, will review evidence regarding the treatment of obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes with bariatric surgery.

Pediatric Obesity

Drs. Sanchez and Brosco, an endocrinologist and a pediatrician specializing in childhood obesity, provide guidance for primary care clinicians on assessment, referral, lab tests and prevention for pediatric patients with or at risk for obesity.

Childhood Obesity

The rate of childhood obesity has reached almost epidemic proportions in the recent years. Dr. O’Connor will review the current guidelines from health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, regarding screening, assessments and recommendations for lifestyle behaviors associated with childhood obesity and appropriate screening for obesity-related medical conditions among youth. She will discuss evidence- based behavioral change strategies for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity that can be employed in pediatric primary care clinics.

Pediatric Obesity: A Practitioner’s Guide to a Community Problem

Obesity in childhood is associated with multiple comorbidities and one out of every 3 children is classified as obese or overweight by their 5th birthday. This program will review the epidemiology and etiology of obesity in childhood. Participants will be able to discuss behaviors within the family that can reduce the risk of obesity as well as discuss community based strategies for childhood obesity. 

Morbidity and Complications of Childhood Obesity

This program aims to discuss the endocrine morbidity issues associated with obese children. This program will also discuss methods for screening for these metabolic complications and develop treatment plans for these complications.

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This activity will review the neuroendocrine regulation of body weight in obese patients. He will also discuss the pharmacologic and surgical treatment options for obese patients and will review strategies for choosing the best therapeutic intervention.

overweight child unable to button jeans

This program aims to provider the primary care physician community- and patient-based strategies to prevent and manage pediatric obesity.