Learn new strategies
for treating obesity.

Recent advances in our understanding of the science of obesity have not yet been translated into medical education that helps to empower busy providers like you to treat it effectively and efficiently. It's time to change that. It's time to act on obesity.

Understanding Obesity

Obesity can be defined as an excessive fat accumulation that may present a risk to health. It’s commonly assumed that obesity is mostly caused by poor lifestyle choices. But is that necessarily the case?

Defining Obesity

Watch this short video to see how obesity medicine specialist Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD defines obesity. As you’ll hear him say, measures like BMI are useful, but are not what ultimately determines whether or not a person has obesity.

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The Perfect Environmental Storm

Watch this video to learn about the 4 elements of the modern environment that have influenced the rate of obesity globally. Ultimately, according to Dr. Kaplan, it’s our interaction with this so-called “perfect environmental storm” that determines whether or not we develop obesity.

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Treating Obesity

In treating obesity, you can apply many of the same principles that you would to any other disease, and that starts with taking it seriously.

Starting Treatment

Watch this video to learn more about the basic three-step approach to obesity treatment that Dr. Kaplan and his team developed at the Obesity, Metabolism, and Nutrition Institute (OMNI) at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Response to Treatment

Watch this video for Dr. Kaplan’s perspective on how the variability in how patients respond to available therapies has influenced the overall treatment strategy that he employes in his practice. To learn how to apply his obesity treatment algorithm, register for the self-paced online course, Time to Act on Obesity.

Two Key Treatment Principles

As you begin to establish an appropriate therapy for any given patient, keep in mind the two principles that Dr. Kaplan outlines in this video: (1) ensure that the patient’s weight is stable at the time a new therapy is introduced, and (2) make only one change at a time to a patient’s treatment plan.

Online Courses

Powered by the Open edX platform developed by Harvard and MIT, we’ve created FREE self-paced online courses to equip you with the knowledge you need to address obesity effectively.

Take this course to learn obesity treatment strategies that you can implement today.


Take this course to learn how energy balance is regulated and why diet and exercise so often fail to produce lasting weight loss.

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Take this course to learn the truth about how bariatric surgery really works to combat obesity.

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