Special Populations Track

Date: October 10, 2020
Accreditation: 5.25 CME/CE
Schedule: 11:00 AM-5:45 PM

The Special Populations Track will be held during the Fall Obesity Summit -Virtual. Sessions will cover population-specific causes and consequences of obesity and variations in response to treatment. Tailor your obesity evaluation and treatment strategies to patients in special populations, including pediatric patients, geriatric patients, reproductive-age and menopausal women, and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Learn how to evaluate the unique health risks of these patient populations and provide optimal obesity care that meets their individual needs.


The Special Populations Track is part of the Fall Obesity Summit – Virtual on Saturday, Oct. 10.

All times displayed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

11:00-11:45 AM - Weight Management for the Patient with Psychiatric Disease?


Managing obesity in patients with psychiatric disease presents among the greatest challenges for primary care providers and specialists. This session will explore common physiologic pathways share by obesity and psychiatric disease. Participants will better recognize the affect psychiatric conditions and their treatments have on obesity as well as that role weight loss can play in improvement of these conditions.

  • Understand the relationship between psychiatric disease and obesity
  • Explain the effects of psychiatric medication on body weight
  • Identify the impact of weight loss on psychiatric disease
  • Utilize the 2020 Obesity Algorithm as a resource for understanding the complex relationship between obesity and psychiatric disease

12:15-1:15 PM - Pre-conception Counseling: Leveraging a Window of Opportunity to Achieve Better Outcomes

Chloe Zera, MD, MPH

Many children and their families suffering from obesity need more than intensive lifestyle therapy to control the disease of obesity, improve their health, and prevent the sequelae of obesity. This presentation will review treatment strategies to build on intensive lifestyle therapy, including pharmacotherapy, device therapy, and metabolic-bariatric surgical therapy. These treatment therapies require interdisciplinary and chronic disease approaches, which necessitate increased clinical resources of weight management and sustainable economic models.

  • Understand the impact of obesity on short- and long-term pregnancy outcomes
  • Put relative vs absolute risks for both pregnant women and fetuses in context
  • Develop strategies to help patients with obesity develop a reproductive life plan
  • Implement an approach to multidisciplinary care for patients with obesity and infertility

1:15-2:15 PM - Weighing in on Menopause

Courtney Younglove, MD, FACOG, Dipl. ABOM

The menopausal transition is a brief period of time for most women, but one that can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition to aging, women in midlife are exposed to several unique and potentially interrelated influences that promote weight gain. These include estrogen deprivation, mood disorders and sleep disturbances, among others. Women with obesity typically have more intense symptoms than women without excess weight. Unfortunately, many of the medications used to treat these symptoms are weight-positive, which may worsen the metabolic consequences of the menopausal transition. Although healthy eating and exercise have been shown to dramatically improve the common symptoms of menopause and reverse central adiposity, they are rarely offered as the first-line or even adjunctive treatment for patients receiving pharmacologic treatment.

  • Recognize the physiologic changes that occur during the menopausal transition and how these changes impact weight, body composition & visceral adiposity
  • Distinguish weight-positive, weight-neutral and weight-negative treatments for menopausal symptoms
  • Effectively counsel patients about lifestyle changes to lessen menopausal symptoms

2:15-3:15 PM - Exhibit Hall Break

Optional CME Lunch (2:20 – 3:05pm EDT): Evolution and Obesity: Current Perspectives

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

3:15-4:15 PM - Pediatric Obesity Algorithm Updates

Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA

Details coming soon!

4:15-4:30 PM - Exhibit Hall Break

Virtually visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new tools to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:45-5:00 PM - Treating Obesity in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Urban and Rural Communities

Verlyn Warrington, MD, MS, FOMA
Vivienne Rose, MD

The major determinants of health occur outside the context of a medical visit. Providers must understand potential barriers to access to care and compliance, in order to form effective partnerships with the patient and leverage available community resources to keep patients engaged in treatment. This session will review the determinants of obesity in urban and rural socio-economically disadvantaged communities. The discussion will provide a framework to address obesity in the context of the patient’s psychosocial environment and leverage available resources to develop treatment plans for patients.

  • Identify factors that contribute to obesity in socio-economically disadvantaged populations
  • Discuss strategies for establishing effective working relationships and practical weight loss protocols for socio-economically disadvantaged patients
  • Learn how to use limited resources to promote and support weight loss
  • Address obesity in the context of the local community


To attend the Special Populations Track, register for either the Fall Obesity Summit (Oct. 9-11) or the Saturday One Day Pass (Oct. 10). You do not need to register specifically for the Special Populations Track.

Register Now

Commercial Support

This education activity may receive support through an educational grant from a commercial interest.