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A Resource from the American College of Preventive Medicine

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight. One-third of U.S. adults – over 72 million people – are obese. Over the past forty years, the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled. The director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion stated, "In view of these alarmingly high rates of obesity in all population groups, CDC has made the prevention of obesity one of its top public health priorities." The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the World Health Organization have all called for efforts to treat obesity seriously.

The introduction to a study published in Obesity Journal concisely frames the need. "Despite these calls, patient surveys indicate that less than one-half of obese (BMI 30) individuals are advised by their physicians to lose weight. Physician surveys also suggest that doctors are reluctant to address weight management issues, especially among those who are not extremely overweight. The factors responsible for this reluctance are unknown.”

The Adult Obesity Time Tool developed by the American College of Preventive Medicine is an innovative educational tool designed to assist the physician in a brief consult on Adult Obesity. It will increase awareness, provide education, and offer the guidance of the best evidence and guidelines in the delivery of an effective intervention. The tool includes an executive summary of the evidence and a practical approach to delivering the needed services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. It is complemented by a robust clinical reference document delineating the epidemiology, the clinical evidence, recommendations by various professional and government entities, and additional resources.

This educational activity is intended for primary care physicians.

After completing this program, physician participants should be able to:

  • Identify overweight and obesity in their patients by calculating BMI and measuring waist circumference

  • Enhance office practices to optimize sensitivity to the needs and concerns of overweight and obese patients

  • Identify specific patient co-morbidities and health risks that are caused and/or exacerbated by overweight and obesity

  • Describe truths about "weight” gain and loss

  • Assess a patient's readiness to lose weight

  • Provide a brief "5A" counseling intervention in a regular office visit

  • Understand that the physician consult is only the beginning of successful weight loss -- that a team involving either staff or external professionals must provide most of the education and coaching.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.0 hour.

To earn CME credit for this educational activity:

  1. Read the CME information on this page.
  2. Read the Time Tool and Clinical Reference.
  3. Complete the CME post-test exam with a score of at least 70%.
  4. Complete the CME evaluation survey.
  5. Your CME certificate will be sent to you via email.


2009 through June 2011. Original release date: June 2009


These materials have been reviewed by the members of the American College of Preventive Medicine to ensure the continued scientific accuracy and medical relevance of information presented and its independence from commercial bias.

  • David M. Ferriss, MD, MPH
    CIGNA HealthCare
    Hartford, CT

  • Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
    Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
    Baltimore, MD

  • Leila Kahwati, MD, MPH
    National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    Durham, NC


In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias, and as the accredited provider of CME for this activity, the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds. All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any relevant financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the
CME activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program.

  • David Ferriss, MD, MPH, is an employee of CIGNA Healthcare.

  • Scott Kahan, MD, MPH has disclosed no financial relationships.

  • Leila Kahwati, MD, MPH has disclosed no financial relationships.

  • Larry Mattson, Medical Writer, has disclosed no financial relationships.

These pages may be viewed using standard Internet browser applications (e.g. Internet Explorer). They may also be downloaded as PDFs and read using standard PDF reader applications (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The American College of Preventive Medicine collects personal information from participants in this online activity for purposes of assigning CME credit only. We will not share or sell your contact information, and your answers to quizzes and feedback forms will be kept confidential.

This material is copyright of the American College of Preventive Medicine.


If you have questions regarding this activity, please contact cme@acpm.org.

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