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Obesity: A Disease

Official Podcast of the OMA

Obesity: A Disease is the official OMA podcast exploring the many facets of the disease of obesity. Episodes provide valuable insights into this growing problem and better equip clinicians to understand and engage in treating this disease.

Clinical Conversations

In these short podcast episodes, experts in the field of obesity medicine share their expertise on current topics relevant to the understanding and treatment of the disease of obesity, as well as how obesity effects other related comorbidities.

Article Reviews

Guests in these episodes unpack and review current research articles in the field of obesity in a convenient and quickly digestible format.

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Find Obesity: A Disease on your preferred podcast platform. The OMA podcast episodes are great for hearing from industry experts in obesity medicine on current topics and staying up to date on obesity research in a high level, easily accessible format.

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05/30/24

Episode 94: Clinical Conversations: Hunger, Satiety, and Mental Health - A Complex Dance

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Carl Knopke, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2024 Conference session Hunger, Satiety, and Mental Health: A Complex Dance. In this episode, they will discuss stress, anxiety, and depression and the role they play in the appetite regulatory process via complex hormonal pathways. Additionally, they will review possible novel treatment approaches to aid the stressed patient in losing weight.
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04/22/24

Episode 93: Clinical Conversations: The Importance of the Language We Use

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Theodore Kyle, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference session The Power of Putting People First: the Importance of the Language We Use. In this episode, they will discuss the importance of the language healthcare providers use and how it can potentiate the stigma that patients with obesity experience. They will review existing evidence surrounding the impact of language and communication style on weight management outcomes and discuss best practices to minimize feelings of weight stigma and weight bias during patient interactions. 
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03/26/24

Episode 92: Clinical Conversations: Obesity & Health Disparities - It's a Family Affair

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Kathi Earles, a highlighted speaker from the Overcoming Obesity 2023 Conference, Obesity & Health Disparities: It's A Family Affair. In this episode they will discuss institutional framework resulting in health disparities, review the impact of social determinants of health on family-centered obesity treatment for the pediatric and adult population, identify innovative strategies to apply a family-centered treatment model for patients.
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02/29/24

Episode 91: Article Reviews: Obesity and Thrombosis

In this episode Co-Authors, Dr. Harold Bays and Dr. Angela Fitch, review the article Obesity, thrombosis, venous disease, lymphatic disease and lipedema: An Obesity Medicine Association Clinical Practice Statement 2023.
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01/29/24

Episode 90: Clinical Conversations: Early Intervention in Weight Management: Treating Pre-Obesity

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Michelle Look, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference, Early Intervention in Weight Management: Treating Pre-Obesity. Topics covered will include identifying the risks associated with pre-obesity, best practices for screening and taking a weight history, and reviewing practical treatment strategies to halt the progression of the disease. Episode Guests Michelle Look, MD, FAAFP Related Resources https://academy.obesitymedicine.org/content/overcoming-obesity-2023-early-intervention-weight-management-treating-pre-obesity-recorded#group-tabs-node-course-default1 
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01/26/24

Episode 89: Article Reviews: Prior Authorizations for Anti-Obesity Medications

In this episode, Dr. Harold Bays and Dr. Carolynn Francavilla discuss their experience with prior authorizations for obesity medications including the highly effective GLP-1 medications. 
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12/21/23

Episode 88: Clinical Conversations: Do Sleepy Brains Make Poor Food & Other Lifestyle Choices? Impact of Sleep on Weight Management

In this Episode, Obesity Medicine Specialist and OMA Clinical Education Director Dr. Nicholas Pennings interviews, Dr. Marie-Pierre St Onge, a highlighted speaker from the Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference, Do Sleepy Brains Make Poor Food & Other Lifestyle Choices? Topics covered include the connection between sleep status and obesity, sleep deprivation and it's impacts on energy balance and physical activity and the benefits of improving sleep habits. Episode Guests Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD Related Resources https://academy.obesitymedicine.org/content/oma-2023-spring-summit-do-sleepy-brains-make-poor-food-other-lifestyle-choices-impact-sleep Related Resources Obesity Algorithm©
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08/28/23

Episode 87: Article Review: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiometabolic Risk with Dr. Bindlish, Part 2 of 3

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Chief Science Officer, Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC interviews Shagun Bindlish, MD. Our experts discuss a series of clinical practice statements recently published in ‘Obesity Pillars’, for which Dr. Bindlish was a co- author. Obesity Pillars is the official Gold Open Access journal of the Obesity Medicine Association, available exclusively online. In our article review podcasts, we carefully select articles from the latest version of Obesity Pillars, which is devoted to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. Obesity Pillars can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/obesity-pillars. We then discuss this new science with obesity experts. To access other resources from the clinical leader in Obesity Medicine, please visit: www.obesitymedicine.org. In this three part series, Dr. Bays and Dr. Bindlish review the article: Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiometabolic risk: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2023. Topics in this episode include the proper prescribing of medications for the treatment of obesity and diabetes including GLP1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors. Episode Guests Dr. Shagun Bindlish, MD Dr. Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC Related Resources Obesity Pillars®
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08/28/23

Episode 86: Clinical Conversations: Therapies and Pharmacotherapy Treatment Options in Pediatrics

In this episode, we will be hearing from Dr. Suzanne Cuda, President and Medical Director for Alamo City Healthy Kids and Families. Joining her is Nancy Browne and Dr. Valarie O’Hara. Nancy is a nurse practitioner, pediatric obesity medicine specialist and is also a co-author of the OMA Pediatric Obesity Clinical Practice Statements. Dr. O’Hara is an ABOM certified obesity specialist and the medical director of the WOW 4 Wellness Clinic. Today’s topics are foundational therapies, shared decision making, off-label treatment and pharmacotherapy treatment options in pediatrics. Episode Guests Dr. Suzanne Cuda Nancy Browne Dr. Valarie O’Hara Related Resources Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® OMA Pediatric Resources Webpage OMA Blog
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08/07/23

Episode 85: Article Review: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiometabolic Risk with Dr. Bindlish, Part 1 of 3

In this episode, Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Chief Science Officer, Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC interviews Shagun Bindlish, MD. Our experts discuss a series of clinical practice statements recently published in ‘Obesity Pillars’, for which Dr. Bindlish was a co- author. Obesity Pillars is the official Gold Open Access journal of the Obesity Medicine Association, available exclusively online. In our article review podcasts, we carefully select articles from the latest version of Obesity Pillars, which is devoted to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. Obesity Pillars can be found at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/obesity-pillars. We then discuss this new science with obesity experts. To access other resources from the clinical leader in Obesity Medicine, please visit: www.obesitymedicine.org. In this three part series, Dr. Bays and Dr. Bindlish review the article: Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiometabolic risk: An Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Clinical Practice Statement (CPS) 2023. Topics in this episode include the proper prescribing of medications for the treatment of obesity and diabetes including GLP1agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors. Episode Guests Dr. Shagun Bindlish, MD Dr. Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FNLA, FASPC Related Resources Obesity Pillars®
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