Knowledge Transfer Series


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

Core Program

Adult Obesity in Norway: Why Can’t My Patient Keep the Weight Off

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

  • Jøran Hjelmesæth, MD, PhD
  • Gunnar Mellgren, MD, PhD
  • Bård Kulseng, MD, 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 Mette

Mette is a 28-year-old mother of two children, ages 4 and 6 years. She has been your patient for approximately 12 years. She is seeing you today because she wants to address her increasing weight.

She has a family history of obesity (her mother). Her BMI then crossed into Class I Obesity after her first child was born. Mette 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. Mette’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.

Physician Resources

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

European Association for the Study of Obesity - Guidelines

Learn more about the current Obesity Guidelines in Europe.

Norway: State of the Nation's Health

State of the Nation’s Health explores the health development Norway has experienced over the last two decades and the new challenges it faces as its population grows and ages.

Overweight and Obesity

Norweigan institute of Public Health's fact sheets and research news about overweight and obesity.


International and Norwegian 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.


Management of obesity: improvement of health-care training and systems for prevention and care

Dietz WH, Baur LA, Hall K, et al.


Although the caloric deficits achieved by increased awareness, policy, and environmental approaches have begun to achieve reductions in the prevalence of obesity in some countries, these approaches are insufficient to achieve weight loss in patients with severe obesity.