Treatment of the Obesity Epidemic


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Target Audience

Healthcare providers. 


  • Describe the obesity crisis in America.
  • List three diseases associated with obesity.
  • Define the role of medical weight management.
  • Define the role of current medications for obesity.
  • State the most common bariatric surgeries.
  • List the risks of surgery.
  • Cite the success rate of treating morbid obesity.


  • Arapis et al. Obes Surg 6/2016
  • AGRP: agouti-related peptide; α-MSH: α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone; GHSR: growth hormone secretagogue receptor; INSR: insulin receptor; LepR: leptin receptor; MC4R: melanocortin-4 receptor; NPY: neuropeptide Y; POMC: proopiomelanocortin; PYY: peptide YY; Y1R; neuropeptide Y1 receptor; Y2R: neuropeptide Y2 receptor. Apovian CM, Aronne LJ, Bessesen D et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100:342-362.
  • Apovian, C. M., Aronne, L., & Powell, A. G. (2015). Clinical management of obesity. West Islip, NY: Professional Communication.
  • Bohdjalan et al. Obes Surg, May 2010;20:535-40.
  • Cummings DE et al. N Engl J Med 2002;346:1623-1630
  • Hamman, R. F., Wing, R. R., Edelstein, S. L., Lachin, J. M., Bray, G. A., Delahanty, L., … Wylie-Rosett, J. (2006). Effect of Weight Loss With Lifestyle Intervention on Risk of Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 29(9), 2102–2107.
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  • N Engl J Med 2007; 357:753-61
  • Schauer et al. N Engl J Med. 2017;376(7):641-51

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    Available credit: 
    • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
    • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
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    Todd Eibes, MD, FACS, is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the Midwest, having performed nearly 2,000 bariatric surgeries over the past 14 years. Eibes leads the team of medical experts at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists. Under Dr. Eibes's leadership, Iowa Weight Loss Specialists facilities has been named a Center of Excellence from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Previous to his role at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, Eibes started and directed a weight loss program with a hospital in the Des Moines area for over 7 years. He grew the program from 50 surgeries per year to nearly 500 surgeries annually. Full biography

    Alissa Kruger, ARNP, NP-C, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in Nursing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Alissa's focus is on patients going through the Medical Weight Loss program at our West Des Moines office. Alissa works closely with each of her patients to help guide them through their weight loss journey. Full biography

    The speakers have no conflicts with commercial interests to disclose relevant to the content of this educational activity.

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    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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    • Other: This enduring materials activity is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

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    Available Credit

    • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
    • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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