Knowledge Transfer Series


An online environment designed to promote, educate and share information about the science and the management of obesity in Brazil for health care professionals.

Core Program

Adult Obesity in Brazil: Why Can’t My Patient Lose Weight

Effective management of obesity is essential to primary care. This program provides a framework for the management of obesity, which is demonstrated through case-based scenarios.


Planning Committee

  • Cintia Cercato, MD
  • Bruno Halpern, MD
  • Nelson Nardo Jr., PhD

International Contributors

  • Arya M Sharma, MD, PhD, FRCPC
  • Matthias Blüher, MD
  • Walmir Coutinho, MD, DSC
  • Georgia Rigas, MD, FRACGP
  • Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of managing obesity
  • Manage obesity to reduce disease burden
  • Individualize treatment of obesity

Meet Valentina

Valentina had overweight prior to her first pregnancy. She has a family history of obesity (her mother). Her BMI then crossed into Class I Obesity after her first child was born. Valentina had difficulty maintaining any weight loss prior to her second pregnancy, and has continued to gain weight with the birth of her second child. At 38.4 kg/m2, her BMI is now in Class II Obesity. Valentina’s blood pressure and lipids are in the normal range, but her bloodwork shows impaired fasting glucose.


Video Resources

Subject experts discuss key questions in obesity. Main topics include genetic and psychological contributing factors in obesity management, tools for primary healthcare professionals, and the latest technologies and procedures in bariatrics. (Some content is only available in English)


National and international obesity guidelines, facts and tools available for practical application. (Some content is only available in English)

Diretrizes Brasileiras de Obesidade 2016 (Only available in Portuguese)

Learn more about the current Obesity Guidelines in Brazil.

Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population

The Dietary Guidelines to promote the health and well-being of the whole Brazilian population, now and in future.

Ministy of Health in Brazil (Only available in Portuguese)

Find out more about role of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.


International and Brazilian research outlining key health, social, psychological and economic concerns of obesity and obesity-related illness and disease. Various topics, historical data and longitudinal studies are examined, providing the latest in evidence and protocols. (Some content is only available in English)


Why are anti-obesity drugs stigmatized?

Halpern B, Halpern A


Obesity is a common and morbid disease, but its treatment remains far from ideal. Many doctors, regulatory agencies, media outlets and patients consider lifestyle modification as the only possible intervention.

  • Barriers to obesity treatment

    Obesity, one of the most prevalent health problems in the Western world, is a chronic and progressive condition. Therefore, as with other chronic diseases, patients with obesity require lifelong treatment. Long-term efficacy and effectiveness of obesity treatments is notoriously poor. This may in part be attributable to the substantial barriers that undermine long-term obesity management strategies.

  • Maintained intentional weight loss reduces cardiovascular outcomes: results from the Sibutramine Cardiovascular outcomes (SCOUT) trial

    The Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes trial showed that sibutramine produced greater mean weight loss than placebo but increased cardiovascular morbidity but not mortality. The relationship between 12-month weight loss and subsequent cardiovascular outcomes is explored.