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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 clinician 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 nurse practitioners.

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 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 continuing nursing education (CNE) activity was approved by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 credit.


To earn CNE credit for this educational activity:

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


September 2010 through August 2012. Original release date: September 2010


These materials have been reviewed by the following nurse practitioners to ensure the continued scientific accuracy and medical relevance of information presented and its independence from commercial bias.

  • Marjorie Brumwell, RN
    Procter and Gamble

  • Linda Turner, RN
    Procter and Gamble


In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias 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 CNE activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program.

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

·Marjorie Brumwell, RN, has disclosed no financial relationships.

·Linda Turner, RN, has disclosed no financial relationships.

·Jennifer Edwards, ACPM staff, has disclosed no financial relationships.

The AAOHN’s support of this Time Tool for CNE does not imply any endorsement by the AAOHN of ACPM or its products/services.


This ACPM Time Tools series has been funded through an unrestricted educational grant provided by MDVIP.


If you have questions regarding this CNE activity, please contact Jennifer Edwards at jedwards@acpm.org.





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