Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment 2022

Columbia Cornell 2022 Obesity: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment

NOTE: Our 2023 Obesity Medicine content is now available. Visit the Institute of Human Nutrition Obesity Medicine Website for 2023 course options.

Course Dates

Release Date: May 6, 2022
Course Closes for Credit Claiming: May 31, 2024 (As long as participants have completed the course by May 31, 2024, the content will continue to be available until May 31, 2025.)
Format: 80 video-recorded lectures that are 30-minutes to one hour long and are split into sixteen topic-based modules. Material can be reviewed at your own pace. 
Materials: Video lecture slides are downloadable as pdf files. Videos are not downloadable and must be reviewed online. 

Target Audience

This Obesity course provides an excellent overview for all health professionals; physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more. For physicians interested in obtaining obesity medicine certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), this course satisfies the ABOM requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity and provides sufficient credits to sit for the 2022 or 2023 ABOM exam. 

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to: 

  1. Understand the influence of weight bias on the care of people with obesity.
  2. Understand the complexity of the development and treatment of obesity.
  3. Apply best practice approaches to the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity.
  4. Identify, classify and determine appropriate treatment approaches for people with obesity, including lifestyle, advanced pharmacological approaches, and bariatric surgery.
  5. Create treatment plans for people with obesity that include motivational interviewing, behavior modification, and nutrition and physical activity plans.
  6. Integrate stress management and sleep hygiene into the evaluation and treatment of people with obesity.

Course Overview

Lifestyle behaviors – including diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, and tobacco use – have been linked to an increased risk of the leading causes of death and chronic diseases in the US and around the world. The challenge of reversing the obesity epidemic has highlighted the need for new ways to teach complex skill sets which effectively target lifestyle behaviors, particularly diet and physical activity. However, most health professionals (apart from registered dieticians) have little or no training in the science of nutrition, diet, and physical activity. Moreover, health professionals lack training in facilitating behavior change. Many, in fact, do not engage in nutrition counseling at all. 

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) has established a credentialing protocol, which includes an exam for physicians to become certified in the field of obesity medicine. The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University is an ABOM Partner Organization; the IHN now offers its long-standing obesity course to prepare physicians for the ABOM exam and to provide CME credits to help physicians meet the requirements to become a Diplomate of the ABOM. 

Course Agenda

View a complete list of course lectures.

Course Navigation

  • This course is split into 16 topic-based sections. Participants may interact with the material of their choosing and claim CME according to the amount of material reviewed. 
  • The system does not track participant progress through the course material.
  • Participants are responsible for keeping track of how much material they have reviewed. Each section header lists the time required to complete that section.
  • There is one 20-question CME quiz to be completed once the participant has finished reviewing the course material. There are no section-based quizzes. 


Physicians: $1,250.00
Other Health Professionals: $1,050.00
Fellows: $750.00
​Students: $300.00

Technical Requirements

This activity is best experienced using the most current browser (or one back) of Firefox or Safari. At this time, the Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers are blocking full-screen video viewing. 

For all activities featuring audio, you must have a sound card and speakers. To view graphic images and references that appear in separate "pop-up" windows, you must have JavaScript and session cookies enabled on your computer. Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required for certain activities.

Accreditation Statement

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 63.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 63.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 63.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Activity Director

Sabrina Diano, PhD, Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Sarah Bergren, MS, Education Officer, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Louis J Aronne, MD, FACP, FTOS, DABOM, Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research; Medical Director, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Weill Cornell Medicine


View a list of our course faculty.


All those involved with the planning and delivery of this education will disclose all financial relationships in the past 24 months with ineligible companies.  An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. For each financial relationship, the disclosure will include the name of the ineligible company and the nature of the financial relationship(s).

None of the planners/faculty for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

MOC Disclaimer

Please note that by entering your ABIM/ABP number(s), you are allowing us to share your completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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