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The AMA has defined obesity as a disease. Thus, it is important to implement effective interventions to treat this condition. While there are numerous approaches to weight loss and obesity treatment, the cornerstone of these interventions continues to be lifestyle behavior change. An important lifestyle behavior for the prevention and treatment of obesity is physical activity. However, physical activity is not typically the frontline strategy promoted for the obesity treatment despite its known effects on both body weight, body fatness, and related health benefits. This session will provide an evidence-based justification for considering physical activity as an important intervention strategy for obesity treatment, and will provide an evidence-based toolbox for clinicians to use to promote physical activity to their patients.

Target Audience: Clinicians and clinical researchers interested in effective lifestyle options for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand the effect of physical activity on body weight and related health outcomes related to obesity.
  2. Understand the effect of targeting sedentary behavior versus physical activity for the prevention and treatment of obesity and related health outcomes.
  3. Understand the effect of physical activity and lifestyle behavior change on body weight and related health outcomes compared to other intervention approaches.
  4. Understand how to effectively implement a toolbox for effective counseling of patients on physical activity.