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Weight Loss Drugs and Diets: Evidence-Based Treatment and Counseling Pearls

Learn evidence-based approaches for sustainable weight loss. Explore approved drugs, surgical procedures, and critique fad diets to provide effective patient education.

Betthany Thomas
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About this course

The prevalence of obesity in the United States is increasing. Obesity can lead to serious health consequences such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular complications. Weight reduction can have a significant positive impact on a patient’s overall health status. However, many unsuccessfully struggle for years to attain and sustain a healthy weight, and conflicting information about the best way(s) to lose weight is readily available to the public. Healthcare professionals need to be able to provide evidence-based patient education on effective treatment and interventions for sustainable weight loss. Recent advances in obesity treatment, emerging research, and the widespread availability of misinformation about weight loss necessitate continuing education for healthcare professionals. This CE activity will provide in-depth coverage of evidence-based weight loss approaches that apply to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses. It will supply a review of the currently approved weight loss drugs and surgical procedures, including relevant clinical considerations. It will critique trending fad diets and unapproved weight loss drugs, emphasizing emerging research. Additionally, it will use a case study to provide practical patient education pearls.

Release Date:10/16/2022
Expiration Date:10/16/2025
Universal Activity Number (UAN)0657-0000-22-082-H01-P 0657-0000-22-082-H01-T
CE Broker ID20-953848
AGD Number386503
Activity Type:Knowledge-based
Target Audience:Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Dental Therapist, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Certified Respiratory Therapist, Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers, Pharmacist, Social Worker Intern, Certified Nurse Midwife, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Master Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Nursing Assistive Personnel, Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Dental Hygienist, Certified Nurse Aides, Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary, Advanced Dental Assistant, Registered Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurses, Athletic Trainer, Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Director, Forensic Nurse-CSA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Psychiatric Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, APRN - Certified Nurse Midwife, Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse, Dentist, Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Intern, Nursing Home Administrator, Dental Technician, Licensed Masters Social Worker, Community Dental Health Coordinator, Respiratory Therapist, Master's Social Work, Respiratory Care Practitioner Critical Care, Dental Lab, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker Dual, Certified Nursing Assistant, Respiratory Care Practitioner Non-Critical Care, Registered Social Worker Assistant, Denturist, Registered Dental Assistant, General Dentist, Pharmacy Technician, Bachelor's Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker Advanced Practice, Dental Assistant Radiographer, Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker Clinical Practice, Dental Assistant
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Course Accreditation

This course is approved for the following professions. You can get more details on each profession by clicking on it.

AchieveCE is an approved provider (Provider #50-20641) of continuing education for occupational therapy professionals.

  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Mississippi State Department of Health – Bureau of Professional Licensure for Occupational Therapists



Dr. Betthany Thomas, PharmD, RPh is a 2008 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, an American Fitness Professionals & Associates(AFPA)-certified weight management specialist, and an AFPA-certified nutrition and wellness consultant. She has extensive experience as a licensed pharmacist in community pharmacy, medication therapy management, and utilization management. In addition, she is the CEO of BMT Consulting Services, LLC(previously BMT Coaching) and a member of the Medical Expert Board for Verywell Health. Dr. Beth now her expertise to help digital health companies leverage effective, evidence-based content, course, and collaboration solutions for faster growth and more significant impact.

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Dawn O.Nutritionist
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I am always interested in continuing education in the areas of health, wellness, nutrition and mental health. Your course was well written, well organized and helpful in meeting state licensure requirements.

Priya M.Occupational Therapist
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Very well written, easy to digest, time efficient, and straight to the point. Thank you!

Cristina GRegistered Nurse
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I appreciate the convenience of the course being online and accessible through my phone and that it directly reports to CEBroker to support mandated education requirements.

Allison B.Nurse Practitioner
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I really loved this information. I was hospitalized last year for almost a month and I noticed multiple medical errors (not being hooked up to my IV multiple times, given wrong medication which caused my sodium to be very low, etc.) which lengthened my stay. I can now define those exact errors and better understand what happened to me. I hate that these medical errors are so common and I appreciate how well laid out your breakdown and categorization of them was.

Ronald H.Dentist
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I am always looking for concise ,thorough, and up to date continuing education, and this course provided exactly what I was looking for. Thank you

Meghan L.Physician
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Enjoyed this course! It squarely met my license renewal requirement as a physician. It was well-written, and an altogether enjoyable read.


Passing Grade

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

Hardware Requirements
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.1+
  • iOS 10+
  • Android 4.3+
Software Requirements
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Network Requirements
  • Broadband Internet Connection: T1
  • Hi-speed DSL or Cable4G cellular connection
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