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Obesity is a globally challenging problem that can lead to a multitude of diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, joint problems, other chronic health problems, and psychological problems. The increase in obesity rates worldwide has increased the incidence of chronic disease, which diminishes individuals’ quality of life and imposes a great burden on the healthcare system and the insurance industry. It is believed that a paradigm shift to the chronic care model is necessary for successful treatment of people who are overweight and obese.
The behavioral approach, as described in this course, is often the most effective way to help patients make the lifestyle changes necessary to address obesity. The participant will learn about assessment tools, such as the waist-to-hip ratio, and how to determine a client’s readiness to change. The course also explains how to build a collaborative healthcare team to organize a successful obesity treatment program and provides a step-by-step guide to designing care. Participants will explore tools to facilitate a self-care approach, including goal-setting and problem-solving skills.
The course discusses the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, evidence-based relative risks of health problems associated with obesity, the hormonal link between sexuality and obesity, emotional aspects of obesity, and the relevance of the Health Belief Model. The course also touches on current drug treatments available for weight management and the role of bariatric surgery, and it provides helpful case studies. This basic-level course will guide the social worker, psychologist, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, and all team members associated with the collaborative effort necessary to treat obesity.
Counselors - Course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
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Bombak, A. E. (2014). The contribution of applied social sciences to obesity stigma-related public health approaches. Journal of Obesity, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/267286
Breland, J. Y., Fox, A. M., Horowitz, C. R., & Leventhal, H. (2012). Applying a common-sense approach to fighting obesity. Journal of Obesity, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/710427
Brennan, V. M., Kumanyika, S. K., & Zambrana, R. E. (2014). Obesity interventions in underserved communities: Evidence and directions. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Choate, L. H. (2013). Eating disorders and obesity: A counselor’s guide to prevention and treatment. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Haslam, D. W., Sharma, A. M., & le Roux, C. W. (Eds.). (2014). Controversies in obesity. New York, NY: Springer.
Latner, J. D., Durso, L. E., & Mond, J. M. (2013). Health and health-related quality of life among treatment-seeking overweight and obese adults: Associations with internalized weight bias. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(3). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/2050-2974-1-3.pdf
Mullin, G. E., Cheskin, L. J., & Matarese, L. E. (2014). Integrative weight management: A guide for clinicians. New York, NY: Springer.
Owers, C. E., Abbas, Y., Ackroyd, R., Barron, N., & Khan, M. (2012). Perioperative optimization of patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Journal of Obesity, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/781546
Spring, B., Sohn, M.-W., Locatelli, S. M., Hadi, S., Kahwati, L., & Weaver, F. M. (2014). Individual, facility, and program factors affecting retention in a national weight management program. BMC Public Health, 14(363). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-14-363.pdf
Tsai, A. G., Felton, S., Hill, J. O, & Atherly, A. J. (2012). A randomized pilot trial of a full subsidy vs. a partial subsidy for obesity treatment. Obesity, 20(9), 1838–1843. doi:10.1038/oby.2011.193