Fall Obesity Summit 2019

Obesity Conference Speakers

Date: October 4-6
Accreditation: 17.5 CME/CE
Level: Advanced

The theme for the Fall Obesity Summit 2019 is Treating Obesity across the Lifespan. Obesity is a diagnosis that is applied broadly, yet the disease of obesity is not the same in all populations. Age, gender, and socioeconomic status are among the many variables that influence obesity treatment.

At the Fall Obesity Summit, gain advanced training on treating obesity in different populations and personalizing obesity treatment for each patient, including those who present with complex adiposity-related diseases. In addition, explore the impact of the food industry on the obesity epidemic, learn about the causes of obesity and how they affect a patient across their lifespan, and discover the latest innovations in the field of obesity medicine.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Countering Food Industry Influence
Friday, Oct. 4 | 8:00-9:00 AM

Dr. Marion Nestle is a consumer advocate, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the influence of food industry marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on dietary intake, food safety, and access to food and nutrition.


William Dietz, MD, PhD

William Dietz, MD, PhD

Childhood Obesity and Its Effect Across the Lifespan
Saturday, Oct. 5 | 8:15-9:15 AM

Dr. William Dietz is the Sumner M. Redstone Chair of the Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He is also the Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. From 1997-2012, he was the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the CDC. Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft's University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals.

Schedule on Friday, Oct. 4

6:00-7:00 AM - Experts on the Move

Start your morning with a fast-paced walk led by one of our physical activity experts!

7:00-7:30 AM - Breakfast

7:30-8:00 AM - Presidential Address

Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA, and Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

8:00-9:00 AM - Overcoming Obesity 2019 Keynote Address: Countering Food Industry Influence

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH

Healthcare providers who work with patients who have excess weight or obesity focus on ways to improve personal dietary choices, but today’s food environment makes it socially acceptable to eat highly caloric “junk” foods everywhere, in large portions, at all times of day. This “obesogenic” environment results from food company imperatives to sell as much food as possible to as many people as possible in order to maximize shareholder value. Food companies promote sales not only through advertising, but also through strategies analogous to those of the tobacco industry’s “playbook”: cast doubt on science linking products to obesity, fund favorable science, blame personal responsibility, defend self-regulation, lobby, and litigate. Overcoming the obesity epidemic requires education about and restrictions on food-industry marketing and playbook practices.

  • Describe how food companies follow the tobacco industry’s “playbook” in promoting unfettered sales of their products.
  • List the primary findings of research on the “funding effect” of industry sponsorship on food and nutrition research.
  • Explain why food industry practices constitute such a powerful barrier to healthy food choices, and what actions should be taken by government and civil society to counter such practices.

9:00-9:45 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

9:45-10:45 AM - Key Advances in Obesity Medicine Industry Panel

Details coming soon!

11:00-11:45 AM - Brown Fat in Health and Disease

Paul Cohen, MD, PhD

11:45 AM-12:30 PM - Update on Endoscopic Procedures

Details coming soon!

12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while exploring the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

1:30-2:45 PM - Obesity Treatment in Low-income Patients

Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN

2:45-3:30 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

3:30-4:45 PM - Breaking the Plateau: Case Reviews on Long-term Weight Management

Tonia Vinton, MD

Learn how to evaluate and diagnose the issues contributing to a patient's weight loss plateau. Discuss why patients experience plateaus and how to determine if it is a true plateau, identify factors hindering further weight loss, evaluate for mood issues, and formulate a comprehensive plan including medication dose titration or additions.

  • Discuss weight loss plateaus.
  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation for a weight loss plateau.
  • Establish a plan with the patient on how to break the plateau.

4:45-5:30 PM - The Management and Treatment of Patients with Super Obesity

Devika Umanshanker, MD, MS, MBA

"Super obesity" is associated with numerous medical comorbidities that can be incapacitating but are commonly treated with bariatric surgery. Though the growth rate appears to have slowed down since 2005, the prevalence of clinically severe obesity continues to increase. Literature on the medical management of patients with super obesity is limited. This lecture will provide alternative options to surgical weight loss for the treatment of super obesity.

  • Understand the pathophysiology associated with patients with super obesity.
  • Understand the comorbidities associated with patients with super obesity.
  • Explore alternative options to bariatric surgery.

7:00 PM - Member and Obesity Treatment Foundation Reception

Details coming soon!

Schedule on Saturday, Oct. 5

6:00-7:00 AM - Fun Run

Get your blood pumping during a morning fun run led by one of our physical activity experts!

7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Enjoy breakfast in the exhibit hall while exploring the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

8:00-8:15 AM - Break

8:15-9:15 AM - Overcoming Obesity 2019 Keynote Address:
Childhood Obesity and Its Effect Across the Lifespan

William Dietz, MD, PhD

Childhood obesity now affects approximately 18% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 in the United States. Risk factors begin in pregnancy, where diabetes, excessive weight gain, and tobacco use have been associated with early childhood obesity; and in infancy, where formula feeding, increased protein intake, the early introduction of complementary feedings, and sugary drink intake increase the risk for obesity. The risk for childhood obesity, its persistence into adulthood, and the emergence of disparities continue to rise throughout childhood and adolescence. Although 50% of adult obesity begins in childhood and adolescence, obesity in young adults ages 20-39 offers a potential double benefit for prevention: successful prevention of obesity in young adults may also prevent obesity in their children. The prevalence of obesity and the limited capacity of healthcare to address the disease burden of obesity in youth emphasizes the need for multisectoral approaches for prevention and care.

  • Understand the risk factors for childhood obesity beginning in pregnancy and continuing into young adulthood.
  • Identify strategies for obesity prevention in early care, education, schools, communities, and clinical settings.

9:15-10:00 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

10:00 AM-5:30 PM - Pediatric Track

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10:00-11:00 AM - Winning the Fight Against Overeating: The Key Intersection between Psychology and Neuroscience

David A. Macklin, MD, CCFP, and Sandy Van, MD

Explore the neurobiological framework of obesity and overeating, and the evidence-based psychological strategies to manage appetite dysregulation. Growing literature suggests that mindfulness-based strategies for eating behavior are effective and superior to traditional models of behavioral weight management for both weight loss and other related parameters. Learn strategies to incorporate these skills into patient encounters, and learn about available resources for patients outside of the clinical setting.

  • Understand the neurobiological framework of overeating behavior.
  • Learn about the effectiveness of mindfulness-based strategies for intensive behavioral therapy for weight loss.
  • Apply psychological strategies in routine clinical encounters as an adjunct to weight management counselling.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity in the Era of Healthy at Every Size

Nicole Garber, MD

Review the diagnostic criteria and epidemiological information about binge-eating disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorders, night-eating disorder, and unspecified eating disorders that commonly co-occur with obesity. Discuss how mental health and eating disorder professionals treat these disorders, including medication management, therapeutic techniques, and dietary recommendations. Also discuss a common orientation within the eating disorder treatment community: "Healthy at Every Size." Learn how to effectively partner with mental health and eating disorder professionals to effectively treat eating disorders and obesity.

  • Define the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders that commonly co-occur in patients with obesity and understand the prevelance of eating disorders in patients with obesity.
  • Recognize key elements of the treatment plans, including medications, dietary recommendations, and therapeutic interventions, which are used to treat the eating disorder.
  • Become familiar with the philosophy of "healthy at every size," including the three main tenets.

12:00-12:30 PM - Q&A Panel

Details coming soon!

12:30-1:45 PM - Lunch

1:45-3:00 PM - Cardiovascular Safety of Obesity Medications: Current Evidence and Practical Implications for Clinicians

Eldad Einav, MD, FACC

Medical treatment of obesity may have many cardiovascular implications, which vary across the lifespan. Cardiovascular safety is especially relevant for treating elderly patients with multiple cardiovascular disease risk factors.

  • Review the major cardiovascular outcomes trials conducted for anti-obesity medications and their conclusions.
  • Identify the obesity medications that may impact cardiovascular risk and know their potential risk determinants.
  • Find ways to manage high cardiovascular risk in patients with obesity requiring pharmacotherapy.

3:00-3:45 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

This is the last opportunity to visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available for your practice.

3:45-4:45 PM - Using Meal Replacements in Obesity Treatment: Grade School to Grandparents

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

Learn how to use meal replacements in weight management and chronic disease treatment across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from obesity medicine specialty practice to primary care.

  • Understand the clinical evidence for meal replacements.
  • Understand the myths surrounding meal replacements, and enhance your awareness of their efficacy in the management of weight and chronic disease.
  • Understand the value of meal replacements in multiple weight management contexts: weight loss, weight loss maintenance, treatment of chronic disease, and treatment of weight regain.

4:45-5:30 PM - Breastfeeding and Obesity: Challenges for Lactation and Weight Loss Considerations in Lactating Women

Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD

Lactating women are often neglected. Pregnancy is a major cause of weight gain for women, and many women are excited to lose weight post-partum. During this lecture, discuss safe options for weight loss in lactating women and explore the many challenges to breastfeeding.

  • Understand how obesity causes challenges to breastfeeding.
  • Identify concerns for anti-obesity medications in lactation.
  • Identify safe nutrition guidelines for weight loss during lactation.

Schedule on Sunday, Oct. 6

6:00-7:00 AM - Bootcamp Workout

7:00-7:45 AM - Breakfast with the Experts

Choose a table with a topic that interests you. Participate in a small group discussion with an expert on that topic over breakfast.

7:45-8:00 AM - Break

8:00-9:30 AM - Point-Counterpoint Discussion: How Much Physical Activity Do Patients Really Need?

Karli Burridge, PA-C

9:30-9:45 AM - Break

9:45-10:45 AM - Epigenetics and the Obesity Epidemic

Details coming soon!

10:45 AM-12:00 PM - Complex Cases in Obesity Treatment: Treating Obesity Across the Lifespan

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, and Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS