Obesity is a Complex Disease: Scope and Pathophysiology Course

Expert faculty, coaches, and subject matter experts engaged in mindful learning exercises that allow participants to reflect on their own practice behaviors in order to adapt and adopt new ones as they begin their journey in engaging in best practices in obesity management. 

Participants will learn about the multiple determinants of the development of obesity and gain a better understanding of its complex pathophysiology and impact on organ function. Appetite control and energy balance regulation and the dysregulation that occurs in obesity will also be reviewed. The metabolic adaptation that occurs in obesity and during weight reduction and the challenges with weight regain will also be highlighted. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a deep appreciation of obesity as a complex, systemic, inflammatory, and metabolic disease.

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Accept obesity as a chronic disease based on the pathophysiology and impact on organ function
  • Describe appetite control and energy balance regulation and the dysregulation that occurs in obesity
  • Discuss the multiple determines of the development of obesity
  • Explain the challenges underlying weight regain and metabolic adaption

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support


This activity is supported by an educational grant from NovoNordisk.