ABC's of Obesity
The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding of the professional nurse regarding the current problems and health threats facing the morbidly obese patient. A consideration will be given relative to the treatment, support, as well as surgical intervention when undergoing a weight loss program. Upon completion of this course the professional nurse will have an increased understanding of obesity and how it may compromise the well being of obese individuals.

Course Publication Date: July 12, 2012

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:O030112
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Course Expiration:12/31/2015  NOTE: The course must be completed by the expiration date to receive credit
Category:Community & Home Health
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Nutrition & Fitness & Complimentary
Pediatric Medicine
Psychiatric & Mental Health
Women's Health

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2015.

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Learning Objectives
  • Define Body Mass Index and understand how the BMI relates to normal/obese/morbidly obese individuals.
  • List the complications or comorbidities of morbid obesity.
  • Discuss the origins related to morbid obesity.
  • List the types of intervention for individuals labeled morbidly obese and discuss Bariatric Surgery.
  • Identify the post-bypass complications and the need for reconstructive surgical procedures post-weight loss.


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