- Thursday, August 18
- 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
PCPs stand on the frontlines of obesity management but often do not optimally provide the comprehensive and long-term care these patients require. Bias toward people with obesity can cloud clinical judgement, and comorbidities can take priority over addressing obesity. This expert-led session focuses on obesity as a serious, chronic illness and acknowledges intrinsic and extrinsic biases that negatively affect clinical judgment and relationships with patients. Clinicians will walk away with evidence-based strategies for obesity treatment that includes lifestyle interventions and long-term use of anti-obesity medications as indicated by recent guidelines. Finally, clinicians will hear about emerging treatment options that will likely expand their armamentarium.
Describe the abundant consequences of excess weight in people with diabetes (PWD) and how these contribute to increased comorbidities and progression of diabetes
Avoid therapeutic inertia by identifying people with diabetes and obesity who can benefit from weight-targeted treatment escalation early in their disease course
Select treatment options for patients with diabetes and obesity that target weight loss to achieve overall health
Outline communication strategies that overcome clinician bias towards people with obesity (PWO) and address obesity as a chronic health issue that requires long-term care