Obesity Leadership Edge: Module 2 - Evaluating the Patient Who Has Overweight or Obesity

Obesity is a chronic disease that results in multiple complications and yet is rarely addressed in a systematic way in healthcare. This module is two of seven designed to prepare PAs to effectively care for patients affected by obesity and part of AAPA's curriculum known as Obesity Leadership Edge.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Use appropriate modalities to evaluate adiposity beyond BMI, including the roles of waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, skinfold thickness, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing, air displacement, and imaging.
  • Apply appropriate racial and ethnic adjustments to the evaluation of adiposity.
  • Evaluate patients affected by obesity for obesity-related complications including a physical examination, laboratory testing, and psychosocial evaluation.
  • Obtain a complete weight history including personal weight history, family history, and key life stages/events associated with weight gain.
  • Diagnose obesity and outline the elements of a comprehensive treatment plan.