Symposium Session: The Obesity Challenge

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4190, 5040, 5100, 5370; Level 2
Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 12.2.1

An astonishing 68% of Americans are overweight or obese, and most states boast an obesity rate of a whopping 20% or more. The growth rate of our waistlines is staggering, and along with it comes increased rates of diabetes and other chronic illnesses. In fact, obese individuals have the highest risk for developing conditions that often reduce mobility and quality of life, not to mention increasing demands on the health care system. These alarming trends present a multitude of challenges for health care providers. The implications for long term health care are staggering.

As savvy consumers become more focused on weight and its relationship to good health, health care providers need the tools and knowledge to meet the needs of highly informed consumers who require further education and service. This intriguing session will provide attendees with information on:

  • Current obesity trends for the adult and older adult population and how this effects overall health, quality of life, chronic disease rates, morbidity, and mortality
  • Obesity definitions for BMI and waist circumference along with the relationship of obesity to health related risks
  • How obesity affects health care spending (including Medicare)
  • The benefits of weight loss and how to determine which older individuals are most appropriate for weight loss strategies
  • Goals of weight management and strategies for successful long-term weight maintenance and healthful outcomes
  • Evidence-based research on what truly works for weight loss
  • Assessment and care planning for the obese resident including calculation of nutritional needs and appropriate approaches for weight loss, including changes in eating habits
  • Practical tips and discussions on how to implement healthy changes for obese residents
  • Proven strategies for a successful weight loss program for older adults

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Understand available evidence based research related to successful adult weight loss.
  2. Utilize available resources to assist in providing information and education for unique long term care needs of this population.
  3. Provide patients and clients with practical tips for implementing positive healthy changes.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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