91829 - Bariatric medicine
- : Online
This activity will explore bariatric medicine. Topics covered in this activity include:
- the factors that contribute to the development of obesity
- reasons why long-term weight loss is difficult
- the barriers to maintaining weight loss
- the different effects of surgical and diet-induced weight loss on eating behaviours
Bariatric medicine is an emerging area of medicine that aims to better understand obesity, and develop ways to prevent and manage severe obesity.
In particular, bariatric medicine examines the determinants of obesity, looks at the impacts on health, quality of life and complications, and develops strategies to manage obesity using a chronic disease model of care. Successful obesity management can significantly improve function, quality of life and psychological wellbeing, as well as prevent complications, end-organ damage and reduce obesity-associated mortality.
General practitioners are ideally positioned to provide valuable information of the pros and cons of bariatric medicine and surgery to overweight and obese patients.