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 numerous 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.
Please note that, as SCOPE E-Learning is currently migrating to a new platform, some of our older modules are temporarily unavailable. All supplementary modules currently available are listed 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.
Authors: Dr Denise Wilfley and Dr Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft
This module provides an overview of binge eating disorder, including its symptoms, prevalence, and associations with obesity. The presenter also explains how health care providers can screen patients for binge eating disorder and refer them to appropriate treatments.
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.
Authors: Jayne Lehmann and Professor Gary Wittert
People with an intellectual disability face a number of challenges that increase their risk of being overweight or having obesity. This module explores the reasons for this and how to break down the barriers to decrease this risk and create practical strategies to help them to optimise health outcomes.
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: Professor Gary Wittert
This module discusses the complications of obesity that are specific to men. The focus is on endocrine, reproductive and urological conditions. The implications for these conditions and their interaction with other risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders are also discussed.
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: 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: 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 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: Dr Rachel Pryke
This module provides personal viewpoints from both patients and healthcare professionals describing their feelings around fighting obesity and around professional support. It considers the challenges in fighting obesity and the reasons why maintaining weight loss can be difficult for many patients.
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: Dr Clare Grace
This module focuses on how health professionals can best guide their patients to develop a deeper understanding of their eating habits, to make and sustain evidence based dietary changes relevant to health improvement and weight management, and for patients to experience this process in a non-judgemental and supportive way.