Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity?
David Ludwig, MD, PhD
CE Credit: 1 Hour
Target Audience: Nutrition & Dietetics CE
Learning Level: Intermediate
Which Comes First: Overeating or Obesity? is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains an alternative treatment for obesity. Conventional treatment for obesity, founded on the First Law of Thermodynamics, assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply "eat less and move more." However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. According to an alternative approach, the metabolic state of the fat cells play a key role in determining body weight.
High intakes of processed carbohydrate raise insulin levels and program fat cells to store too many calories, leaving too few for the rest of the body. Consequently, hunger increases and metabolic rate slows in the body's attempt to conserve energy. From this perspective, conventional calorie-restricted, low fat diets amount to symptomatic treatment, destined to fail for most people. Instead, a dietary strategy aiming to lower insulin secretion promises to increase the effectiveness of long-term weight management and chronic disease prevention.
This audio course was recorded at the Annual Symposium of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2016.
Course #11-08 | 2017 | 10 posttest questions
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This audio course provides instant access to the mp3 audio file, the course handout, and the CE test. The CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while listening to the course presentation).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist, researcher, and professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on how food affects hormones, metabolism, body weight, and well-being. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to restrict junk food advertising directed at young children, improve the quality of national nutrition programs, and increase insurance reimbursement for obesity prevention and treatment. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and published over 150 scientific articles and is a Contributing Writer for the medical journal JAMA. Dr. Ludwig lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dawn, and two children, Joy and Benji. He can be found most weekends with nice weather biking along the Charles River.
Financial: Dr. Ludwig is the author of Always Hungry and receives royalty payments from Grand Central Life & Style publishers.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.