Obesity

“Obesity is an issue affecting people of all ages and incomes, everywhere... In the last three decades, not one country has achieved success in reducing obesity rates.” (Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

This document has been peer-reviewed by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on obesity.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional Development in ​Obesity

Overweight and Obesity is recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand's leading health concerns. Obesity increases the risk of a number of chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, joint problems and sleep apnoea. Childhood obesity is also a serious health concern, which can have long lasting health, social and economic effects. (Obesity: Prevalence Trends in Australia, 2014 and Obesity Statistics, Ministry of Health NZ)

Rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise in Australia and New Zealand. Obesity is distributed unevenly in societies, affecting disadvantaged groups and some ethnic groups more than others. This collection provides a selection of resources to support Fellows and Trainees in staying up-to-date on this important health issue. 

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

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  • New Zealand Ministry of Health
    The Ministry of Health is the New Zealand government's principal advisor on health and disability. It provides research publications, latest statistics, as well as popular guides and tools. 

  • Health Info Net
    Health Info Net delivers quality information and resources about overweight and obesity among Indigenous people, for those working with, studying or interested in the overweight and obesity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

  • Monash University Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)
    The Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) undertakes research which aims to better understand obesity, and obesity-related diseases. CORE is an international leader in the study of bariatric surgery. The website provides links to research, tools, resources, and information on current news and events.

  • Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University
    The Global Obesity Centre offers a comprehensive research program and conducts training workshops in community prevention approaches to obesity. 


  • World Obesity
    The World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations, creating a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity.  


  • World Health Organisation (WHO) - Obesity
    The WHO website provides fact sheets, publications, and statistics on obesity across the globe. Information on WHO's programs and activities can also be found on the website, such as the 'Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health'. 


  • Obesity Australia
    Obesity Australia's mission is to drive change in the public perceptions of obesity, its prevention and its treatment. The Obesity Australia website provides information on news and events, as well as links to publications and resources from the 2015 and 2016 Summits. 


  • Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) 
    Established in 1991, ANZOS is a scientific organisation of medical practitioners, dietitians, scientists and other health care professionals interested in obesity research, treatment and public health initiatives directed at the prevention of obesity. 


  • The Sax Institute
    The Sax Institute's website provides the latest news and research publications on obesity, weight management and nutrition. The Sax Institute's focus is to promote the use of research evidence in health policy. 


  • Obesity and Energetics Offerings 
    This US-based website, supported by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, provides an on-going update of a broad range of obesity-related material. 


  • INFORMAS
    The University of Auckland's International Network for Food and Obesity/NCD Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) is a global network of organisations and researchers that aims to monitor and support public and private sector actions to create healthy food environments and reduce obesity. 

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don't forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • How can Policy Support the Provision of Healthy Food in Communities?
    Dr Corinna Hawkes, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the World Cancer Research Fund International, presented a seminar at Deakin University on how food policies can affect and support the provision of healthy foods in communities. 

  • ​Obesity Podcast
    This podcast on childhood obesity, produced by RaisingChildren.net.au covers ways this health issue can be approached by families. Recent research into childhood obesity, and tips for talking to children about their weight, are also discussed. 

  • Globesity - Fat's New Frontier
    This documentary from Foreign Correspondent ABC provides a global outlook on obesity around the world. 

  • The Genetics of Obesity
    This podcast from the University of Cambridge explains how genetics and the brain play a key role in obesity. 

  • Sugar: The Bitter Truth
    In this video, Dr Robert H. Lustig - Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California specialising in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity - explores the damages caused by sugary foods which are high in fructose and low in fibre. For further information on this topic, the SBS documentary The Sugar Conspiracy is also an interesting watch. 

3. Events and Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

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  • Psychological Approaches for Obesity
    This three day professional course offered by The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing. The course is suitable for a range of health care professionals, including doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and nutritionists. This course does have an associated fee. 

  • ​The Charles Perkins Centre
    The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney offers various events and talks on the topic of obesity​.

  • ​Obesity Conferences
    The Conference Series website provides details of all upcoming Obesity conferences around the globe, for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. 

  • Obesity Programs - MDBriefcase.com
    MD Briefcase is a Canadian continuing medical education provider which offers a number of online courses on obesity, including 'Halting Obesity Progression' and 'Why Can't My Patient Lose Weight?'. All courses are aimed at physicians, medical students, residents and nurses. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • Body Mass Index: Consideration for Practitioners
    The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention at the Department of Health and Human Services provides a fact sheet for practitioners on Body Mass Index (BMI) which explains what BMI is, why it should be used and how BMI levels should be interpreted. 

  • Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
    This fact sheet by the Heart Foundation provides key facts on obesity, as well as information about physical activity, healthy eating and maintaining weight loss. The fact sheet could be a useful guide for patients. 

  • The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
    This guide describes how health care practitioners can provide their patients with the direction and support needed to effectively lose weight and keep it off. It provides the basic tools needed to appropriately assess and manage overweight and obesity. The guide was convened by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, U.S.A. 

  • Obesity in Pregnancy
    Obesity has direct implications on the health of a pregnancy, as well as the weight of the child. This clinical guideline, produced by the Queensland Government, has been prepared to promote and facilitate consistency of practice for health professionals in private maternity and neonatal services. 

  • Overweight and Obesity: Implications for Workplace Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
    The Australian Safety and Compensation Council has released this scoping paper which aims to inform readers on how an increased prevalence of obesity affects occupational health and safety and the workers' compensation system in Australia. 

  • Nutrition and Activity Hub
    The Nutrition and Activity Hub website provides several tools containing practical advice for patients regarding food and activities. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these ​journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • Obesity Reviews
    Obesity Reviews is the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. This peer-reviewed medical journal publishes reviews on all obesity-related disciplines. 

  • Obesity 
    The Obesity Society publishes this monthly journal, which is dedicated to increasing knowledge and fostering research into obesity. 

  • Paediatric Obesity 
    This journal covers research into all aspects of obesity during childhood and adolescence. 

  • Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (ORCP)
    The ORCP aims to publish high quality clinical and basic research relating to the epidemiology, mechanism, complications and treatment of obesity. 

  • International Journal of Obesity 
    The International Journal of Obesity is a multi-disciplinary journal which addresses the development and treatment of obesity, and the functional impairments associated with obese state. 

  • Obesity Surgery
    This is the official journal of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and ​Metabolic Disorders. The journal is aimed towards bariatric and metabolic surgeons and provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for communicating the latest research and surgical techniques. 

  • The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
    The journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism is a world-leading peer-reviewed medical journal for endocrine clinical research and clinical practice information.
     

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

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