Joining the Dots for the Management of Clinically Severe Obesity


At its annual meeting in June 2013, the American Medical Association adopted a policy that recognised obesity as “a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance… prevention and management”.1

On the first anniversary of this decision, with the firm support of relevant colleges and associations, the American Medical Association went further by adopting a policy that supported patient access to the full spectrum of evidence-based obesity interventions, including behavioural, pharmaceutical, psychological, nutritional, pharmacological and surgical options.2  


Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and manage clinically severe obesity as a chronic disease
  2. Consider appropriate treatment pathways reflecting on pervasive stigmatisation of severe obesity by the general public and health care providers
  3. Describe the need for integrated clinical pathways including specialised multidisciplinary obesity assessment and management services that equitably deliver clinically effective therapies including surgery


Medical Audience
GP, GP Registrar, Specialist, Doctors in Training (DIT), Medical Student, International Medical Graduate, Overseas Trained Doctor


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
0h : 30m
MBA: 0h : 30m
RACGP: 1 pt
ACRRM - Fellow: 0.5 pts
ACRRM - Non Fellow: 0.5 pts
Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases

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