Core Learning Path

Launched in September 2017, SCOPE’s Core Learning Path contains the essential information on obesity management.  After completing the 8-module course, the health professional will have a clear understanding on the causes of obesity, the regulation and vigorous defence of body weight, the complications of obesity, how to raise the issue of obesity, how to take a history and conduct an examination, how to achieve weight loss, how to keep the weight off and how to address obesity in children and adolescents.

The Core Learning Path is evidence-based and will ensure you have the skills and knowledge to manage obesity with confidence. All users wishing to become SCOPE Certified are required to take this essential course, which can be purchased in the SCOPE store.

 

How to access

The Core Learning Path is available to purchase at a standard rate of £70 in the SCOPE store. We offer discounted access to the following groups:

  • Users with active or expired annual subscriptions
  • Users in low-and-middle income countries
  • World Obesity members

Click here to learn more about our discounts.

Once you have purchased access to the Core Learning Path, you will see the first module, ‘Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight’, on your dashboard. Subsequent modules will become available after each previous module has been passed.

 

Core Modules

The Core Learning Path contains the following modules, all authored by leading obesity experts:

Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight
Dr Priya Sumithran

The body weight of most adults remains relatively stable over a long period. This module gives an overview of body weight regulation and outlines compensatory physiological changes which accompany weight loss, many of which appear to encourage weight regain.

Causes of Obesity
Professor Joseph Proietto

This module discusses the causes of obesity and the many factors that can influence body weight. It discusses the powerful evidence that obesity has a genetic basis and mentions the relative importance of other causes of weight gain.

Complications of Obesity
Dr Robert Kushner

This module takes an organ-based approach to reviewing the comorbidities associated with obesity. Most of these conditions can be identified by taking a careful history and performing a comprehensive physical examination. However, several complications that require further laboratory and diagnostic evaluation are reviewed in more detail.

Starting the Patient Dialogue
Dr Arya Sharma

In this video module, Dr Arya Sharma and one of his colleagues explore how to help you lead your patients with obesity to a healthy outcome, and how to raise the issue of obesity. Using a clinical scenario they demonstrate how not to approach the issue when a patient with obesity presents with an intercurrent health problem. They then go on to show how the issue should be sensitively raised.

History Taking and Examination
Professor Joseph Proietto

This module discusses the important questions to ask a patient presenting for weight loss and details the key features to observe when conducting the physical examination.

Management of Obesity in Adults
Professor Joseph Proietto

This module describes in detail the management of obesity in an adult population including how to stage the patient to assess risk of mortality and how to calculate energy expenditure. The different strategies to lose weight and how to maintain weight loss long-term are discussed.

Obesity and Pharmacotherapy
Dr Donna H. Ryan

This module covers four new medications approved and marketed in the US and two new medications approved in the EU. Those who take the course will be taught not only the efficacy, safety and tolerability profiles of all five medications but they will also gain knowledge in general principle of prescribing medications as adjuncts to lifestyle intervention to achieve and sustain weight loss.

Management of Obesity in Children and Adolescents
Professor Louise Baur

Adolescents and children with obesity present more frequently to clinical services than their healthy weight age peers. This module covers child obesity assessment, the risks and complications of obesity in children, the evidence for lifestyle interventions such as diet and physical activity and their effective elements, parental involvement, pharmacotherapy, and severe obesity.