Understanding Obesity and Eating Disorders


About the Course
Eating disorders and obesity are issues that healthcare workers confront on a regular basis. This course provides current information about the disorders, triggers, and strategies to help clients recover from eating disorders and overcome obesity and achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle for their height and age.

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the various recognized eating disorders. 
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of recognized eating disorders. 
  • Explain possible factors that influence the development of eating disorders. 
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for recognized eating disorders. 
  • Discuss treatment interventions for recognized eating disorders.  
  • Identify healthcare interventions for clients with recognized eating disorders.  
  • Describe other specified feeding or eating disorders. 
  • Define obesity. 
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of obesity in the United States. 
  • Identify the causes of obesity. 
  • Explain the consequences of obesity in adults and children.  
  • State interventions to prevent and reduce obesity in adults and children. 
  • Explain the dangers of fad diets and quick weight loss schemes. 
  • Discuss options for weight loss surgery. 
  • Identify healthcare interventions for clients with obesity. 

About the Author/Presenter
Anne Horgan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon. She is currently a mental health therapist within a small group practice in Portland, OR and a board approved Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Horgan has 15+ years of experience including 
hospital/emergency room mental health services, hospital leadership, and providing therapy in individual and group settings (Partial Hospital Program). Throughout her clinical professional experience, she has worked with individuals across the spectrum including (but not limited to) depressive disorders, anxiety and panic, PTSD, postpartum mental health, self-esteem/identity conflicts, psychosis, mania, adjustment issues, parenting, substance use, relationship conflicts and loss. Ms. Horgan earned her BA in Psychology and her master's in social work. She has training through the Center through Mind Body Medicine as part of her work with clients

How to Receive Credit 
Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time. 

  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals
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