Foundations of Pediatric Obesity – Virtual Course

OMA is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics: Colorado Chapter and the Children’s Hospital Colorado to offer a half day virtual course on March 13, 2021 to improve clinicians’ abilities to effectively manage the chronic disease of obesity in pediatric populations.

The Foundations of Pediatric Obesity course will include education on the pathophysiology of obesity and genetic testing for obesity syndromes. Sessions will discuss case-based examples to apply the American Academy of Pediatric guidelines to the treatment of a pediatric patient with obesity, and will explain the referral process to tertiary care center.

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Foundations of Pediatric Obesity Schedule – 4 CME/CE

  • 8:00-9:00 AM - From Soup to Nuts: The Pathophysiology of Primary Obesity

    Speaker: Jaime Moore, MD, MPH

    Description: During this session, we will review the physiology of central energy regulation, including the hedonic (emotions, reward, pleasure) and homeostatic (metabolic) brain systems. We will describe key gut and adipose tissues hormones and how they communicate with the brain. And, will highlight how disruptions in these neuroendocrine systems are associated with obesity, and can be targets for treatment. We will also cover how metabolic adaptation can undermine efforts to lose weight.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the two major systems in the brain that regulate energy intake
    2. Understand the role of the major hormones in the gut and adipose tissue and how they change in obesity
    3. Recognize the concept of metabolic adaptation and how it may apply to the effectiveness of treatment strategies

    8:00-9:00 AM - From Soup to Nuts: The Pathophysiology of Primary Obesity

  • 9:00-10:00 AM - Making the Diagnosis: Underlying Mechanisms and Genetic Testing for Obesity Syndromes

    Speaker: Jessica Duis, MD, MS

    Description: We will discuss the genetic underpinning of obesity, in particular syndromic causes of obesity. Characteristics of the disorders including common presenting features will be discussed. We will emphasize the pathways involved in the pathogenesis of these disorders.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the known genetic pathways important in obesity
    2. Review monogenic causes of obesity and important implicated chromosomal regions
    3. Consider the syndromic causes of obesity and their presenting features


  • 10:00-10:15 AM - Break
  • 10:15-11:15 AM - Treatment of Obesity in a Tertiary Referral Center

    Speaker: Megan Kelsey, MD, MS

    Description: This session will discuss various aspects of treatment of obesity, particularly as it applies to youth with severe obesity and those with other related and unrelated health disorders.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe specific offerings for evaluation and treatment of obesity at a tertiary care center
    2. Review the typical pathway of care for a patient being offered anti-obesity pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery
    3. Understand the structure of and referral process for the Lifestyle Medicine program at Children's Hospital Colorado
  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Application of the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Treatment of Obesity in Primary Care

    Speaker: Matthew Haemer, MD, MPH

    Description: This session will discuss practical methods to apply American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for the treatment of obesity in primary care. Updates to the evidence base that guides care, reasonable expectations of treatment in the primary care setting, and strategies to make effective referrals will be discussed including through case examples.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe a practical framework for implementing recommended obesity treatment in primary care settings
    2. Formulate realistic expectations of how children might be expected to respond to primary care-based treatment
    3. Demonstrate strategies for making effective referrals to more intensive obesity treatment interventions.


  • The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The Obesity Medicine Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 4.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.