Free supplementary modules

We brought together a faculty of internationally recognised experts in different areas of obesity treatment to develop the SCOPE E-Learning course.

In addition to the Core Learning Path, we offer over 30 supplementary modules completely free of charge. These modules expand on specific issues related to obesity, and can be accessed by simply signing up to SCOPE. 

All of the free supplementary modules we offer are outlined below.

Author: Dr Arya Sharma

The 5As of obesity management are a set of practical tools to guide primary care practitioners in obesity counseling and management. Learn how to Ask, Assess, Advise, Agree and Assist to bring your obese patients to a positive health outcome. World Obesity is proud to have partnered with our member organisation the Canadian Obesity Network to develop this module.

Author: Dr Arya Sharma

This module offers a practical and innovative way of framing the assessment of obesity, explaining the importance of focusing on the “why” instead of the “what” and how to approach behaviours associated with obesity in an etiological way. The relationship between metabolism and obesity is presented, and discussed in terms of its relevance to patient evaluations. Dr Sharma provides three key questions to address in a consultation with an obese patient, and describes “the 4 Ms”, a mnemonic device for devising effective obesity treatment plans.

Author: Dr George Panotopoulos

Menopause is associated with changes in body composition: a decline in bone mineral content, a decrease in collagen synthesis, a loss of lean body mass and an increase in total and abdominal fat mass. This module explores these changes in detail and discusses the efficacy of specific actions, i.e. dietary changes, exercise and hormonal treatment.

Author: Prof Nick Finer

This module provides a sobering account of the discrimination people with obesity face in society and the medical establishment. Has this resulted in high-levels of disapproval for publicly funded obesity treatment? This module challenges you to learn education-based anti-weight bias interventions which show success in reducing weight bias among health professionals.

Author: Dr Matthew Sabin

This module provides an overview of the clinical management of childhood obesity, beginning with categorizing weight status and discussing causal factors. The main health problems associated with childhood obesity are explored, followed by a description of various treatment approaches.

Author: Prof Nick Finer

This module explores the question of when bariatric surgery should be offered to a patient and what issues (including risks, alternatives and family views) should be taken into account. These topics are illustrated via a case presentation of an obese type 2 diabetic man and recent scientific evidence.

Author: Prof Nick Finer

This module discusses the key elements of the diagnostic pathway which will help clinicians optimise the treatment of patients with obesity. In addition to exploring the causes, drivers and complications of obesity, clinical case studies are used to demonstrate the importance of questioning, history taking and medical investigations. A must for healthcare professionals working in obesity clinics, this module aims to enhance and improve the process of diagnosis in order to select the most appropriate management plan for patients.

Author: Dr Clare Grace RD

This video module presents the latest research on dietary interventions that will help you describe the range of evidence-based dietary treatments suitable for weight-loss. Recent findings in relation to dietary composition and weight maintenance are discussed looking at VLCD, 600kcal deficit, low-fat, low-carb and other commercial diets.

Author: Dr Alain Golay

This module discusses the most difficult part of therapeutic patient education – behavior change. Motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral approaches contribute greatly here and allow both the preparation and support of patients during this progressive “step by step” change. An examination of the stages of change ensues, supplemented by techniques that are appropriate for the practitioner to employ during each phase.

Author: Dr Alain Golay

This video module addresses the practitioner approach to initiating behaviour change with patients. Patient needs are discussed, as well as practitioner attitudes that assist with developing positive and productive patient-practitioner relationships. Scenarios are used to examine motivational interviewing techniques, along with other useful strategies.

Author: Dr Anthony Wierzbicki

This module explores how lipid parameters relate to obesity and how they should be managed. The metabolic syndrome is defined and examined as a risk factor for several non-communicable diseases. Interventions to improve lipid parameters in obese patients are presented.

Author: Dr Michal Holecki

This module describes the complex relationship between obesity and bones, including the effect of body weight on bone tissue, the local mechanisms of osteoblast and adipocyte differentiation, and the hormonal activity of adipose tissue as it relates to bone.

Author: Prof John Wilding

Breathlessness is a symptom affecting many patients with obesity. In some cases there is no other identifiable cause for their symptoms. Other studies have found that asthma is sometimes misdiagnosed as the cause of breathlessness in patients who have obesity. This module explores the link between obesity and breathlessness, the effects of obesity on respiratory function, obesity and asthma, obesity and heart failure and obesity hypoventilation syndrome.

Author: Prof Martin Wiseman

This module developed in partnership with World Cancer Research Fund International, describes the evidence linking obesity to preventable cancers, and explores the biology underpinning these links. It presents the impact of obesity on cancer after diagnosis, and the relationship between weight loss and recurrence and mortality in cancer survivors.

Author: Prof Shahrad Taheri

Health professionals need an understanding of the variations in obesity amongst different ethnic groups and the possible reasons for this in order to provide the best care. This module explores how obesity measures should be interpreted in the context of ethnicity, the latest trends in obesity figures amongst minority ethnic groups, variations in perception of weight between cultures and variations in genetic predisposition to obesity. Finally this module identifies the gaps in our knowledge regarding the diets, nutrition and health status of migrant groups where little research is available.

Author: Dr George Panotopoulos

This module explores the association between obesity and several forms of kidney disease, and discusses the prominent mechanisms implicated in this relationship. Therapeutic strategies, including dietary treatment and bariatric surgery are presented.

Author: Dr Thomas Barber

This module discusses the diagnostic criteria of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the association of this condition with obesity. You will learn the central role of insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinaemia in PCOS with the implications for clinical management. The role of visceral fat as a contributor to insulin resistance in PCOS is covered along with the role of metformin in treatment. The question of whether the presence of PCOS may make it harder for women to lose weight will be tackled.

Author: Prof Nick Finer

This module introduces the relationship between obesity and prediabetes, including a discussion of fat distribution, inflammation and insulin resistance. Health risks of prediabetes are presented, and the benefits of weight loss are discussed.

Author: Professor Gary Wittert

This module shines a light on the implications of obesity in the elderly (over 65 years of age). It addresses the effects of ageing and body composition on the diagnosis of obesity and the consequences of obesity in the elderly as they relate to mortality-risk, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. Best practices in obesity management are also discussed exploring the impact of diet, physical activity, surgical interventions and pharmacotherapy on the elderly.

Author: Professor Krzysztof Narkiewicz

This module presents the epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The relationship between obesity and OSA is explored, as are OSA symptoms, diagnostic techniques and treatments.

Author: Charles Capper

This module highlights some of the most commonly cited barriers to managing patients with obesity in a primary care setting. Dr Capper presents a variety of tools to overcome these barriers and outlines numerous effective obesity treatments to initiate in primary care.

Author: Dr Deborah Bade Horn

This video module presented by leading American obesity expert Dr Deborah Horn, demonstrates how to perform and teach a total body program to help you initiate physical activity in the obese population. Exercises use a resistance tube, physiology ball and stretch-strap, covering all the important muscle groups.

Author: Joanna Hoensch (Weston) MSc RD

This module reviews the evidence for the role of physical activity in weight maintenance. These concepts are defined, and practical suggestions are offered for supporting patients who are trying to maintain weight.

Author: Lisa Webber

This module discusses the impact of obesity on the female reproductive cycle. Beginning with fertility, the effects of obesity on conception, polycystic ovary syndrome, and assisted reproduction are covered. The influence of obesity on the pregnant mother are examined, including health risks, delivery complications and maternal mortality, followed by an exploration of the effects of maternal obesity on the fetus and child.

Author: Lisa Webber

Following on from Pregnancy and Obesity - Part 1, this module uses case presentations to highlight the typical issues surrounding obesity and pregnancy, including: conception, pregnancy progression, labour and postnatal recovery, treatment, and possible complications. The module concludes with a short discussion on pregnancy after bariatric surgery.

Author: Dr Rachel Pryke

This module gives an overview of how to structure weight management discussions, including establishing positive conversations and avoiding common pitfalls if weight is a sensitive topic. It explores how well-meaning comments may come across quite differently to patients and summarises which treatment options are suitable for different circumstances. The module is suitable for all primary care clinicians.

Author: Dr Stuart Biddle

Recent advances show that it is very important that we address the issue of too much sitting (sedentary behaviour) in addition to increasing physical activity. This module provides guidance for understanding and changing both physical activity and sedentary behaviour in obese individuals by using the behavioural epidemiology framework that targets measurement, health outcomes, correlates and interventions.

Author: Professor Alexander Kokkinos

This module addresses the treatment options for diabetes in obese patients, a modern “twin epidemic”. The main principles of treatment options are summarized, and their impact on weight loss is examined. The importance of giving precedence to weight-lowering or weight-neutral choices is stressed, without compromising the main aim of glycemic control.

Author: Dr Rebecca Puhl

This module provides an overview of the nature and extent of weight bias experienced by youth and adults, with specific attention to consequences of weight bias for health. Dr Puhl provides a summary of evidence highlighting links between weight bias and psychological wellbeing, eating behaviours and other physical health outcomes.

Author: Dr Rebecca Puhl

This module provides a summary of the ways in which weight bias can affect healthcare delivery and compromise care for patients with obesity. Dr Puhl outlines five strategies to reduce weight bias and improve supportive care in clinical practice for patients with obesity. She also highlights the importance of addressing weight bias in broader health communication beyond the medical office setting.

Author: Prof Ian Caterson

This module examines the effect of diets on weight loss and health. Practical tips for advising patients on eating practices are presented, including predictors of long term weight loss.

Author: Dr Arya Sharma

This module explores the question of when bariatric surgery should be offered to a patient and what issues (including risks, alternatives and family views) should be taken into account. These topics are illustrated via a case presentation of an obese type 2 diabetic man and recent scientific evidence.

SCOPE E-Learning Access

You can access and sign in to all our e-learning modules via the link below.

SCOPE E-Learning
This programme is partially supported by an unrestricted medical education grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.