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Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Agnes Galvez, MS, RDN, LDN, Julie Kaye, MPH, RD, CDN
  • Jean Green, RD, LD, CDE
Item#: F5200
Contents: 1 Course Book (36 pages)

Nutritional Support of the Obese and Critically Ill Obese Patient

Price $39.95
Item # F5200
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 27, 2016

Expiration Date: June 26, 2019

The goal of this course is to educate the registered dietitian on the nutritional assessment and management of the bariatric patient, as well as review the needs of the critically ill obese patient. This course describes the common bariatric procedures and addresses possible nutritional deficiencies and supplemental needs of patients who have had bariatric surgery. The course also discusses the feeding process for critically ill obese patients.


Performance Indicator(s): 10.1.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.5, 10.2.6

Learning Code(s): 3000 Nutrition Assessment & Diagnosis, 5000 Medical Nutrition Therapy

This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 2 CPEU hours, Level 2

Course Objectives

  • Identify the classifications of obesity according to the Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Describe and contrast the different bariatric surgical procedures.
  • Identify the possible nutritional deficiencies experienced by bariatric patients.
  • Identify energy and fluid requirements for critically ill obese patients.
  • Describe the best feeding practices for critically ill obese patients.


Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Leslie maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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