Nursing: Helping the Patient Who is Obese Find Success, 3rd Edition

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About the Course

The prevalence of obesity continues in epidemic proportions.  Two thirds of the adult population in the U.S. are overweight and more than one third are obese.  Nurses are in a position to help obese patients develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, thus reducing and preventing further developments of obesity and comorbidities.  This course provides nurses interacting with obese patients with the knowledge and practices, including communication techniques to foster therapeutic relationships, to help patients manage their health and weight, meet their weight loss goals, and overcome obesity.  The course reviews the topic of obesity, its etiology, and the associated health risks, followed by the nursing process, techniques for assessing the patient’s specific problems, planning interventions, and evaluating the results.  The course integrates learning through the use of  case studies and presents the necessary tools to apply concepts of behavioral factors, goal setting, and a supportive environment to help patients maintain success.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define obesity and outline the methods used to measure obesity in adults and children.
  • Identify health consequences associated with obesity.
  • Identify factors that contribute to obesity.
  • Relate how the patient-centered medical home model promotes success for the patient who is obese.
  • Analyze dietary intake and diet composition.
  • Describe techniques used to measure resting metabolic rate, physical activity, and fitness.
  • Recognize signs of patients’ emotional overeating and identify treatment strategies to help patients understand and overcome emotional overeating.
  • Identify the most common theories of behavior that relate to healthy weight management.
  • Describe communication strategies that foster a therapeutic relationship with the patient who is obese.
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to dietary modification.
  • Identify necessary components of a successful exercise program for the patient with obesity.
  • Describe non-dieting philosophies for obesity management.
  • Describe the clinical application of pharmacotherapy and the use of commercial weight-loss supplements for weight control.
  • Describe bariatric surgery and other treatment options for severe obesity.
  • Discuss the means to facilitate lifelong weight loss maintenance in patients with obesity.
  • Discuss the issue of weight bias and the steps needed to create a sensitive healthcare environment.

About the Author:
Wayne C. Miller, PhD
Wayne C. Miller, PhD, is the Dean of the College of Science, Department of Nursing, at Morehead State University.  Previously, Dr. Miller was the program director for the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, where he also taught nutrition and physiology courses. Dr. Miller has published more than 70 research articles in the area of obesity and metabolism and has authored ten books, including The Non-Diet Diet and Negotiated Peace: How to Win the War Over Weight, and is the contributing author for nine book chapters related to obesity and metabolism. He has served as the editor of the Healthy Weight Journal and sits on the editorial boards for CM Journal of Community Medicine and the International Journal of Medicine. Dr. Miller was the clinical director of three weight loss centers and continues to counsel patients who are overweight. An energetic speaker, he lectures to scientific and layman audiences on the topics of weight control, exercise, and health behavior.

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