Battling Obesity by Breaking Down Barriers
This case is one we've all seen before. Mary is a middle-aged woman with progressive weight gain following three pregnancies and a battle with depression. Her weight gain resulted in several other diagnoses, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and severe knee osteoarthritis. Now weighing 280 lb (127 kg), she is on increasing doses of insulin, antidepressants, sleep medications, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and a statin. She feels quite defeated and has lost hope for any possibility of improvement.
@zenith These experiences compelled us to learn more about the complexities of obesity medicine. We also had a deep desire to provide high-quality care to patients with obesity. Knowing that weight loss is central to improving the health of these patients led us to board certification in obesity medicine. We pursued this certification using the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) CME pathway, which required 30 hours of an ABOM-approved obesity conference, 30 additional hours of self-study, and then passing the board exam.