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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 20 Contact Hours
Author(s): Wayne C. Miller, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Marsha Bennett, DNS, APRN, ACRN, CNE
Item#: N1700
Contents: 1 Course Book (336 pages)
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Helping the Obese Patient Find Success, 2nd Edition

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Item # N1700
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Release Date: May 24, 2016

Expiration Date: May 31, 2019


The prevalence of obesity continues in epidemic proportions for all segments of the population. Two thirds of the adult population in the United States is overweight, with approximately one third being obese. Obesity carries with it several comorbidities, many of which are life-threatening. Through patient education and nursing assessment, nurses are in a unique position to help the overweight patient adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will reduce and prevent the further development of obesity and its comorbidities.

This course is for the nurse who interacts frequently with the patient attempting to manage his or her health and weight to overcome obesity. The nurse practicing in primary care, acute care and out-patient clinics, or areas of healthcare delivery specifically targeted to supporting patients’ health and weight loss will find the content applicable to professional practice and patient interactions. The nurse will be able to demonstrate the required knowledge and practices needed to assist the obese patient in meeting weight loss goals. This course will first provide a discussion of obesity, its etiology, and the health risks associated with the condition. Following the nursing process, techniques on assessing the patient’s specific problems, planning interventions to meet the needs of the patient, and evaluating the results are presented. The last portion of the course presents the necessary tools to apply concepts of behavioral factors, goal setting, and a supportive environment to help the obese patient maintain success.


Course Objectives

  • Define obesity and outline methods to measure and assess obesity for planning management.
  • Identify health consequences associated with obesity and factors that contribute to obesity, including theories of behavior and emotional overeating.
  • Analyze dietary intake and diet composition and evidence-based approaches to dietary modification.
  • Describe communication strategies that foster a therapeutic relationship with the obese patient in an effort to plan a successful, individualized weight loss program.
  • Describe the clinical application of pharmacotherapy and the use of commercial weight loss supplements for weight control.
  • Describe bariatric surgery as an effective treatment option for severe obesity.
  • Discuss the issue of weight bias and the steps needed to create a sensitive healthcare environment.


Wayne C. Miller, PhD, is the programs director for the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. In addition to his medical education and community engagement activities, Dr. Miller has published more than 70 research articles in the area of obesity and metabolism. He is the author of eight books, including The Non-Diet Diet and Negotiated Peace: How to Win the War Over Weight. Dr. Miller has been the clinical director of three weight loss centers and continues to counsel overweight patients. He was the editor of Healthy Weight Journal and reviews manuscripts for numerous scientific journals. Dr. Miller is an energetic speaker and lectures to scientific and lay audiences on the topics of weight control, exercise, and health behavior.


Marsha Bennett, DNS, APRN, ACRN, CNE, is a Professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in psychiatric and mental health nursing, an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse, and a Certified Nurse Educator. She is the Director of the Louisiana Center for Evidence-based Nursing at LSUHSC School of Nursing. While in private practice, she focused on women struggling with issues such as depression, obesity, and grief, using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Dr. Bennett has authored and co-authored numerous funded programmatic grants, and partnered with interprofessional researchers to investigate community collaboration, mindfulness, and mental health issues post-local disasters.

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