The Pathophysiology of Obesity and Implications for Treatment Selection

Weight Management
Activating Clinicians to Deliver Effective Obesity Care
0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) 0.25 ANCC Contact Hours 0.25 AAPA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
March 31, 2023
Expiration Date:
March 31, 2024

Primary Audience:

This activity is intended for US-based Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Relevant Terms:

Bariatric Medicine, Diabetes Dietitian & Nutritionist, Nutrition, Obesity

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FACP, DABOM

Professor, Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

Robert Kushner is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in Chicago, IL. After finishing a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, he went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in Clinical Nutrition and earned a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago, IL. Dr. Kushner is Past-President of The Obesity Society, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (ABPNS), and a founder and first Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Dr. Kushner has authored more than 250 original articles, reviews, books, and book chapters covering medical nutrition, medical nutrition education and obesity, and is an internationally recognized expert on the care of patients with overweight or obesity issues. He is author/editor of multiple books; current books include Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery (CRC Press, 2015), Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice (Springer, 2016), Creating a Lifestyle Medicine Center (Springer, 2020), Six Factors to Fit – Weight Loss that Works for You! (Eat Right Press, 2020), and Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity (Wolters Kluwer, 2022).

1. Apply the most recent evidence-based guidelines for the identification of obesity in adults and other populations
2. Describe the underlying pathophysiology of obesity and metabolic adaptations that prevent significant, long-term weight loss and implications for obesity treatment