mdBriefCase Germany

Knowledge Transfer Series


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

Free Accredited Online CPD

Core Program

Adult Obesity in Germany: 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.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the burden of obesity in Germany
  • Manage obesity to reduce disease burden
  • Individualize treatment of obesity

Planning Committee

  • Martin Wabitsch,MD,PhD
  • Hans Hauner,MD,Ph.D
  • Matthias Blüher,MD

International Contributors

  • Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD
  • Dr. Walmir Coutinho, MD
  • Dra. Georgia Rigas, MBBS
  • Dr. Sean Wharton MD, PharmD

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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)

German Obesity Society (DAG)

The DAG is the professional society of all experts working in the field of obesity. Achieving and maintaining healthy body weight is one of the biggest medical challenges today because obesity is spreading epidemically throughout the world and is a risk factor for many other sequelae.

German Obesity Society (DAG) guidelines

Created in 2006 under Instituto de Salud Carlos III, CIBEROBN’s work targets the study of obesity, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as the genetics of obesity and the body weight homeostasis regulating factors. The group also works on the Mediterranean diet and the prevention of metabolic disorders that may affect health.

European Association for the study of Obesity, EASO

Established in 1986, EASO is a federation of professional membership associations from 32 European countries. It is the voice of the European obesity community, representing scientists, health care practitioners, physicians, public health experts and patients. EASO is in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and is a founding member of the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.


International and Germany 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)


Weight maintenance after weight loss – how the body defends its weight

Holzapfel, C., Hauner, H.


Mean weight loss of most conservative therapeutic weight loss programmes is about five to six kilograms after one year. In our "obesogenic" environment it is difficult for persons to maintain the new weight. Also continuation of the programme cannot prevent a moderate weight increase in the follow-up year.

  • World Health Organization. Obesity and overweight. WHO.

    Adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2004, the "WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health" describes the actions needed to support healthy diets and regular physical activity. The Strategy calls upon all stakeholders to take action at global, regional and local levels to improve diets and physical activity patterns at the population level.

  • The prevention and treatment of obesity

    The high prevalence of obesity (24% of the adult population) and its adverse effects on health call for effective prevention and treatment.