Thematic 2019: Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: Facts & Fiction


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Speaker: Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, FTOS, John Hopkins Medicine

The commercial weight-loss industry has been extremely profitable, and their programs are popular options among patients trying to lose weight. However, are these programs effective and safe for patients? Recent weight management guidelines from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/The Obesity Society suggest that clinicians could consider referring to commercial programs that have published, peer-reviewed studies demonstrating their efficacy and safety, but do not offer guidance on which programs meet their criteria. This session will review the available scientific evidence on commercial weight-loss programs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the scientific evidence available for common commercial weight-loss programs
  2. Understand how to guide patients' selection of a commercial program
About the speaker:

Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, FTOS
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research

Dr. Gudzune is board-certified in Internal Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Gudzune attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received her doctor of medicine and master of public health degrees. She completed her training in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. After residency, Dr. Gudzune completed a clinical research fellowship within the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She currently practices as an obesity medicine specialist at the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center.

Dr. Gudzune's research focuses on obesity, specifically how patient obesity influences the healthcare experience, the efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs, and how features of the built and social environment influence diet and exercise habits among low-income urban populations. Her research has won several awards, in addition to being featured by news outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio. She has been recognized for her outstanding mentoring of trainees with the 2015 Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award at Johns Hopkins.

***Original Source: "2019 Thematic Conference", Saturday, January 12, 2019

Length: 17:49

Type: Video

Last Updated: February 7, 2019

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