Obesity is a multifactorial, chronic, relapsing and progressive disease which significantly increases both morbidity and mortality in affected patients. Several disorders occur with greater frequency in patients with obesity including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and various cancers. In most patients with obesity, clinically relevant improvements in many risk factors can be seen with weight loss of 5–10% body weight. However, managing obesity requires a multidisciplinary approach to counteract the body’s resistance to weight loss.
This e-learning module reviews the pathophysiology of obesity and provides an overview on available pharmacologic agents and how to choose the appropriate obesity treatment for patients with certain comorbidities.
Keywords: Obesity, obesity treatment, weight loss