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Managing Overweight and Obese Patients

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Obesity is a serious health problem and a common diagnosis in the United States, affecting over 40% of adults and 20% of adolescents (12-19 years). Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and dyslipidemia, among others. Patients with obesity have annual medical costs that are $1,429 greater than those of people with a non-obese body mass index (BMI).

As we learn more about obesity, there is an increasing interest in programs and treatments that help prevent its development and lessen its negative effects. This issue will focus on non-drug strategies for managing excess weight, FDA-approved medications for the treatment of obesity, and factors that influence weight gain, including medications used for the treatment of chronic diseases.


Jun 22, 2023


Nurse Practitioner , Pharmacy CPE


Monograph, Online



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Lauren T. Bloch, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist practicing Medication Therapy Management at the M Health Fairview Comprehensive Weight Management Clinic in Minneapolis,Minnesota. Kylee A. Funk, PharmD, BCPS is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. In this role, she is a co-course director for the Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course and also provides patient care in primary care.

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