Streamlined approach helps physicians keep up with obesity education – Health News Today

With about 93 million Americans affected by obesity, the disease is prevalent in almost all medical practices. For this reason, it is imperative that physicians continue to advance their knowledge to better treat the disease. To help, the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) offers advanced education, tools and resources to help physicians and other health professionals successfully treat and manage patients with obesity, some of which is now featured on the AMA Ed Hub™.

Many educational conferences have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMA Ed Hub offers CME/MOC, curated education and multimedia—available at any time—to ensure physicians and medical professionals can stay current while continuously improving the care they provide. 

“We know that lifelong learning, licensure and certification are the lifeblood of a physician’s career, as well as other health care professionals,” said AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD. “Yet, it’s often very time-consuming and tedious for them to find all of the educational content and licensure and certification requirements they need.”

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The OMA is the largest organization of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health professionals dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing obesity. Members of the OMA believe that treating patients with obesity requires a scientific and individualized clinical approach that allows physicians and other health professionals to help their patients achieve their weight and health goals.

On the AMA Ed Hub, the OMA currently features “Obesity: A Disease™️ podcast series,” to help physicians and other health professionals successfully treat and manage obesity within their practices. Here are five featured episodes within the OMA podcast series.

  1. Low Carb Diets and Energy Expenditure During Weight Loss Maintenance

    1. Harold Bays, MD, chief science officer at the OMA, interviews Karli Burridge, a board-certified physician assistant specializing in obesity medicine about the effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance. The topics covered in this episode include hormonal influences on appetite and weight, nutrition strategies as a primary tool to maintain weight, and ways to overcome biologic adaptations to weight loss through nutrition plans.
  2. Food Sources of Fructose-Containing Sugars and Glycaemic Control

    1. Dr. Bays interviews Wickham Simonds, MD, an emergency physician and obesity medicine specialist with offices in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. In this episode, they discuss a publication on food sources of fructose-containing sugars and glycemic control. Topics covered include: the health advantages of eating fruit whole as opposed to consuming fruit juices and why adding fructose into drinks potentially impairs glycemic…

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