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 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.

This page lists all supplementary modules currently available and the languages they are available in.

SCOPE E-Learning access

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

SCOPE E-Learning

The 5As of Obesity Management

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 patients with obesity to a positive health outcome. World Obesity is proud to have partnered with our member organisation the Canadian Obesity Network to develop this module.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

An Etiological Approach to Obesity Management

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 a patient who has obesity, and describes “the 4 Ms”, a mnemonic device for devising effective obesity treatment plans.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

Binge Eating Disorder

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.

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Body Weight and Body Composition in Menopause

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.

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Decision Making for Bariatric Surgery

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 a man with obesity and type 2 diabetes, and recent scientific evidence.

Available in English

Intellectual Disability and Obesity

Jayne Lehmann and Prof 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.

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Lipids, the Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity

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 patients with obesity are presented.

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Male-Specific Complications of Obesity

Prof 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.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

Managing the Complicated Patient

Dr Abd Tahrani, Sally Abbot and Dr Rachel Strachan

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the role of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in the management of patients with obesity. In this module, three members of the MDT (clinician, dietitian and psychologist) present four real-life cases managed at their centre. The module presents the patients' referral information and the views of each member of the MDT.

These cases highlight the importance of MDT management and that successful outcomes in complex cases can be achieved with the right support, patient involvement in the decision making and the right MDT structure extending from before to after bariatric surgery.

Available in English

Obesity and Bone

Prof Michał 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.

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Obesity and Breathlessness

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.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

Obesity and Cancer

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.

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Obesity and Ethnicity

Dr 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.

Available in English

Obesity and PCOS

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.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Prof Krzysztof Narkiewicz and Dr Jacek Wolf

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. This module was updated in July 2019.

Available in English

Overcoming Perceived Barriers in Primary Care

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.

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Primary Care Weight Management: Shaping the Conversation

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.

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Reducing Sedentary Behaviour

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 individuals who have obesity by using the behavioural epidemiology framework that targets measurement, health outcomes, correlates and interventions.

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Understanding Patient Perspectives on Obesity

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.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

Weight Bias: A Hidden Harm - Part 1

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.

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Weight Bias: A Hidden Harm - Part 2

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.

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Working with Individuals to Change Eating Habits

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.

Available in English Available in Spanish Available in Portuguese Available in French

Older modules

Please note that, as SCOPE E-Learning recently upgraded to a new platform, some of our older modules are in the process of being migrated and are therefore temporarily unavailable. All supplementary modules currently available are listed above.

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