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

Core Program

Why Can’t My Patient Lose Weight? Effective Obesity Management in Primary Care

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

  • Arya M Sharma, MD
  • Matthias Blüher, MD
  • Walmir Coutinho, MD
  • Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD
  • Georgia Rigas, MBBS

Learning Objectives

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

  • Assess the root causes of obesity in patients
  • Identify barriers to weight loss and assist patients in overcoming them
  • Individualize treatment of obesity

Obesity in Primary Care

Obesity is a growing problem in primary care, as more than half of adult patients are now overweight or obese, and obesity-related comorbidity is on the rise. Obesity is a chronic, progressive disease requiring lifelong management. Thus, primary care providers play an important role in the prevention and management of obesity. Even a modest weight-loss is clinically significant, with the potential to substantially reduce risk of comorbidities


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.

Physician Resources

National and international obesity, facts and tools available for practical application.

Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) Tool

Rather than BMI (a measure of weight), the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) ranks severity of obesity based on clinical assessment of weight-related health problems, mental health and quality of life.

Obesity and Mental Illness: Addressing a Double Epidemic

In recent years, health experts have had an epiphany: successful long-term weight management isn’t simply a matter of fewer calories in than out; it’s about permanent behavioural changes.

Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline

A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Management of Obesity.


International 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.


A talk between fat tissue, gut, pancreas and brain to control body weight

Wilson JL, Enriori PJ


The incidence of obesity and its related disorders are increasing at a rate of pandemic proportions. Understanding the mechanisms behind the maintenance of energy balance is fundamental in developing treatments for clinical syndromes including obesity and diabetes. A neural network located in the nucleus of the solitary tract-area postrema complex in the hindbrain and the hypothalamus in the forebrain has long been implicated in the control of energy balance.