CE Pricing / Flex Credit

Save with tiered CE Pricing
Starts at $9.98 per contact hour
Min. Hours $$/Hr
4 hours $8.98
8 hours $7.98
12 hours $6.98
20 hours $5.98
30 hours $4.98

Obesity In America - A Public Health Epidemic

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the extent of obesity in the United States, the difference between being overweight and being obese, the causes of overweight and obesity, the health and economic consequences of obesity, and the pharmaceutical and surgical options for obese individuals.
Add to Cart

Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, the effects of this crisis on the nation’s health, health care costs, and productivity could be catastrophic. As a nation, we’re getting more obese every day, many of our children are obese, and our life expectancies are much shorter because of it, despite trying many types of diets, eating less, and moving more.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of obesity in the United States.
  • Explain the difference between overweight and obese.
  • List causes of overweight and obesity.
  • Explain the health and economic consequences of obesity.
  • Discuss pharmaceutical and surgical options for obese individuals.
  • List complementary therapies used in weight management.

Everyone knows the importance of eating right and exercising regularly. But many of us find ourselves rushing through the day, eating at our desks, or driving through a fast food restaurant for a quick meal. After a long day at work, we are often too tired to exercise or to eat properly, choosing instead to eat whatever food might be easily accessible. We attend family gatherings and overindulge in too many sweets, too much alcohol, and too much food. Before we know it, our weight has slowly increased, and we find our clothes fitting tighter than we’d like them to be.

For many, however, the slow increase in weight has reached critical levels. Today, obesity is associated with nearly 1 in 5 U. S. deaths (Laidman, 2013).

According to a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study (2016):

  • The U.S. public considers obesity second only to cancer as the most serious health issue it faces.
  • Eight of 10 people cite too much TV and computer time as one of the most important reasons behind the high rates of obesity, with easy access to cheap fast food and lack of knowledge or desire about how to control weight as other major factors. Michael Pollan (2009) has said, “If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t” (p. 41) and “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car” (p. 43).
  • Approximately 95% of the public believes obese people face some level of discrimination due to their weight.
  • There is little support for policies that would limit consumer choices (such as those that limit the amount or type of food that could be purchased) and strong support for governmental policies that support physical activity in schools, information on healthy food choices, knowledge about caloric balance (food intake vs. caloric expenditure), and food industry incentives to provide healthier food options.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


Practice Level:


Content Focus:

Domain of OT

Course Expires:

July 11, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.