Obesity Medicine: Directions in Treatment
Time and place: 2:10-3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Room W308ABCD; and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday | W304ABCD
About the presenter: Carl Knopke, MD, Medical Director for Inland Empire Weight Loss in Riverside, CA, and assistant professor of Family Medicine for the University of California Riverside School of Medicine, is a member of the board of trustees for the Obesity Medicine Association and twice a year gives a lecture in behavioral medicine for the Obesity Medicine Board prep course.
Session overview: Knopke called his session a whirlwind tour through the basics of obesity medicine, with topics that he usually covers in an eight-hour course.
“I will attempt to give the audience a taste of what obesity medicine is as a specialty and to give them something to bring to their patients on Monday morning,” he said.
Why this session matters to family physicians: American obesity rates have reached from 20 to 35 percent, and the number of overweight Americans is roughly double that.
“This is an issue facing every doctor at this conference on a daily basis in the majority of their patients,” Knopke said. “In my opinion, this is the most significant public health crisis currently facing this country.”
Take-home messages: Many drugs exist to treat obesity, but they are not the “special sauce” in obesity medicine, Knopke said. The most important aspect of weight control is behavior control, and medications are one of the big tools to help people correct long-term unhealthy behaviors.
“I hope that more family physicians take an interest in obesity medicine as a way to help their patients overcome the chronic health problems associated with excess weight,” he said.