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SCOPE School Global: Obesity and Mental Health

Apr 28, 2021

SCOPE School – the live component of World Obesity’s Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) programme – kicks off for 2021.

Further to the success of the re-branded SCOPE Schools, the acclaimed course on obesity management will be delivered online to a global audience of health professionals, with the intention of resuming live-events based on emerging guidance published during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our attendees, their patients and our faculty are of utmost priority.

Branded SCOPE School Global, these online events will go beyond the regional focus of traditional SCOPE Schools and incorporate different international perspectives, providing an exciting opportunity for health professionals around the world to share ideas and best practices.

SCOPE School

Obesity and Mental Health: What is the connection?

We look forward to welcoming you to our first SCOPE School Global of 2021. On 28th & 29th April, we will be addressing how obesity and mental health interact.

The COVID-19 pandemic and necessary public health measures have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for individuals already suffering from mental illness and obesity. As the pandemic continues the prevalence of this interaction is expected to rise.

The SCOPE School supplements the SCOPE E-Learning module Obesity and Mental Health. We would advise that all delegates take this module in advance of attending the school.

Date and time:

  • Wednesday 28th April 13:30 – 16:00 GMT
  • Thursday 29th April 2021 13:30 – 15:30 GMT

Learning objectives:

The overall objective of this event is to understand the bi-directionality and the connection between obesity and mental health. Speakers will also expand on obesity treatment and the value of multidisciplinary approaches, that are inclusive of mental health support to support obesity management. People with serious mental illness die 15-20 years younger than their counterparts because of obesity. With a focus on global health problems, we will address these issues with the involvement of specialists in the mental health and obesity field.

By the end of the event, you will:

  1. Understand the connection between obesity and mental health, including the impact of mental illness on obesity
  2. Understand the role of pharmacological and surgical interventions to treat obesity and the physical or psychological risk that may follow treatment.
  3. Appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to managing patients living with obesity
  4. Discuss day-day challenges experienced by psychiatrists. obesity specialists, and patients through a series of case studies.

Target Audience:

Healthcare professionals working in clinical practice including dietitians, nutritionists, mental health nurses/educators, general practitioners, obesity medicine specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, cardiologists, internal medicine physicians, and other specialists treating mental illness and obesity-related disease.

Wednesday 28th April 2021: Bi-directionality of obesity and mental illness



Welcome and introduction

Chair: Prof Carel Le Roux, Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group Diabetes Complications Research Centre Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland


Does obesity cause mental illness?

Dr Finian Fallon, Dean of Psychology, City Colleges Dublin, Ireland




Impact of mental illness on physical health

Dr Samantha Scholtz, Consultant psychiatrist, Imperial Weight Centre, St Mary’s Hospital, UK




Comfort break


Will treatment of obesity improve mental illness?

Dr Georgia Rigas, GP, St George Private Hospital, Australia




Summary of the day




Thursday 29th April 2021: Practical tools and multidisciplinary working


Opening remarks

Chair: Prof Carel Le Roux, Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group Diabetes Complications Research Centre Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland


Panel: The value of a multidisciplinary team

Dr Yit Siew Chin, Associate Professor/Nutritionist, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Denise Ratcliffe, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK

Ogweno Stephen, Public Health Practitioner/ CEO Stowelink Inc., Kenya


Comfort break


Obesity treatments: Medicine and Surgery

Mr Dimitri Pournaras, Consultant in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery, North Bristol NHS Trust, UK


Case study

What should an obesity doctor know about mental health?

Dr Arya Sharma, Scientific Director, Obesity Canada; Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada




Closing remarks

Prof Carel Le Roux, Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group Diabetes Complications Research Centre Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland


Delegates to complete post event assessment

Please note that all times are displayed in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We apologise for the inconvenience this time may pose for individuals’ interest to attend from select countries.

The World Obesity Federation offer educational scholarships to individuals in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) with practical experience in the field of obesity. You can apply for this school. The deadline is Friday 11th March 17:00 (GMT).

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The SCOPE School has been accredited with 4.0 SCOPE points, which count towards SCOPE Certification. All participants that have actively participated by completing pre-post event learning questions, and attending the sessions across both days will be eligible to receive points for their attendance.

SCOPE is the only internationally recognised certification in obesity management. It equips health professionals with up to date, evidence-based obesity management resources to better treat their patients with obesity and further their careers. You will need to earn a total of 12 points to become SCOPE Certified. This must include completion of our Core Learning Path (4 points), an e-learning course with eight modules covering the ‘essentials’ of obesity management. You can earn the remaining points by completing free supplementary modules (0.5 points each) or by attending additional SCOPE Accredited events.

This SCOPE school has been CPD Accredited in principle. Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality.

A certificate of attendance is only required if you DO NOT plan to claim SCOPE points. Please contact if you would like to do so. Participants must have actively participated across both days of the school and completed the feedback survey to be eligible to receive a certificate of attendance.

For all enquiries please contact the SCOPE School team on

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