Special Populations Track

Date: October 10, 2020
Accreditation: 5.25 CME/CE
Schedule: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

The Special Populations Track will be held during the Fall Obesity Summit. Sessions will cover population-specific causes and consequences of obesity and variations in response to treatment. Tailor your obesity evaluation and treatment strategies to patients in special populations, including pediatric patients, geriatric patients, reproductive-age and menopausal women, and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Learn how to evaluate the unique health risks of these patient populations and provide optimal obesity care that meets their individual needs.

Schedule

The Special Populations Track is part of the Fall Obesity Summit on Saturday, October 10.

10:00-11:00 AM - Is Bariatric Surgery Safe for the Geriatric Population?

The prevalence of obesity in men and women over the age of 75 has increased significantly in the last two decades, and is projected to reach 45% by 2030. A growing elderly population with obesity will cause significant socioeconomic and healthcare burden. This session will review the indications, safety profile, risks and benefits of utilizing bariatric surgery for treating patients with obesity who are over the age of 65.

  • Identify when it is appropriate to refer a patient over the age of 65 for bariatric surgery
  • Understand the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery in the geriatric population
  • Recognize the clinical pathways for treating geriatric patients with obesity
  • Review the predicted outcomes for bariatric patients

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Advanced Tools for Pediatric Weight Management

Allen Browne, MD, FAAP, FACS, Dipl. ABOM, and Valerie O'Hara, DO

Many children and their families suffering from obesity need more than intensive lifestyle therapy to control the disease of obesity, improve their health, and prevent the sequelae of obesity. This presentation will review treatment strategies to build on intensive lifestyle therapy, including pharmacotherapy, device therapy, and metabolic-bariatric surgical therapy. These treatment therapies require interdisciplinary and chronic disease approaches, which necessitate increased clinical resources of weight management and sustainable economic models.

  • Describe advanced tools of pediatric weight management that can be added to intensive lifestyle therapy
  • Develop interdisciplinary teams to utilize advanced tools of pediatric weight management
  • Collaborate with healthcare administrators, payors, and policy makers to develop sustainable economic models to deliver advanced tools of weight management

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while you explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new tools to use when treating patients with obesity.

1:00-2:00 PM - Pre-conception Counseling: Leveraging a Window of Opportunity to Achieve Better Outcomes

Many children and their families suffering from obesity need more than intensive lifestyle therapy to control the disease of obesity, improve their health, and prevent the sequelae of obesity. This presentation will review treatment strategies to build on intensive lifestyle therapy, including pharmacotherapy, device therapy, and metabolic-bariatric surgical therapy. These treatment therapies require interdisciplinary and chronic disease approaches, which necessitate increased clinical resources of weight management and sustainable economic models.

  • Understand the impact of obesity on short- and long-term pregnancy outcomes
  • Put relative vs absolute risks for both pregnant women and fetuses in context
  • Develop strategies to help patients with obesity develop a reproductive life plan
  • Implement an approach to multidisciplinary care for patients with obesity and infertility

2:00-3:00 PM - Winning the Weight Battle through Menopause

Courtney Younglove, MD, FACOG, Dipl. ABOM

The menopausal transition is a brief period of time for most women, but one that can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition to aging, women in midlife are exposed to several unique and potentially interrelated influences that promote weight gain. These include estrogen deprivation, mood disorders and sleep disturbances, among others. Women with obesity typically have more intense symptoms than women without excess weight. Unfortunately, many of the medications used to treat these symptoms are weight-positive, which may worsen the metabolic consequences of the menopausal transition. Although healthy eating and exercise have been shown to dramatically improve the common symptoms of menopause and reverse central adiposity, they are rarely offered as the first-line or even adjunctive treatment for patients receiving pharmacologic treatment.

  • Understand how obesity adversely affects the normal physiologic changes that occur during the menopausal transition, such as in weight, visceral fat, and vasomotor symptoms
  • Recognize the traditional (often weight-positive) approaches to treating symptoms associated with menopause, as well as alternative weight-neutral or weight-negative solutions and when to use them
  • Develop a framework to counsel patients about how a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, etc.) positively impacts the menopause transition

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

This is the last opportunity to visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new tools to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:45-5:00 PM - Treating Obesity in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Urban and Rural Communities

The major determinants of health occur outside the context of a medical visit. Providers must understand potential barriers to access to care and compliance, in order to form effective partnerships with the patient and leverage available community resources to keep patients engaged in treatment. This session will review the determinants of obesity in urban and rural socio-economically disadvantaged communities. The discussion will provide a framework to address obesity in the context of the patient’s psychosocial environment and leverage available resources to develop treatment plans for patients.

  • Identify factors that contribute to obesity in socio-economically disadvantaged populations
  • Discuss strategies for establishing effective working relationships and practical weight loss protocols for socio-economically disadvantaged patients
  • Learn how to use limited resources to promote and support weight loss
  • Address obesity in the context of the local community

Registration

To attend the Special Populations Track, register for either the Fall Obesity Summit (Oct. 9-11) or the Saturday One Day Pass (Oct. 10). You do not need to register specifically for the Special Populations Track.

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Commercial Support

This education activity may receive support through an educational grant from a commercial interest.