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Lessons Learned from Working with Patients with Obesity during COVID-19


Presented by Patrick M. O’Neil, PhD

COVID-19 has upended American life on all fronts. That’s an obvious understatement. However, there are vital questions and answers that can be addressed now about treating patients with obesity during this epidemic. For examples, how does obesity affect the risk of COVID-19? What are the outcomes? And, what is the impact of COVID-19 on weight control efforts by people with obesity? Join Medical University of South Carolina’s Dr. Patrick M. O’Neil for a complimentary webinar when he will share the invaluable lessons that he and his team have learned from working directly with patients with obesity during the epidemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three ways in which pandemic-related restrictions have impacted patients’ weight control efforts
  • Identify three methods of delivering formerly in-person weight management programs remotely
  • Define three advantages of remote delivery of weight management programs over in-person delivery
  • Describe three challenges in reformatting in-person weight management programs for remote delivery

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:Patrick M. O’Neil is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Director of the longstanding multi-disciplinary MUSC Weight Management Center. He received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. O’Neil has been professionally involved in obesity since 1977. He has been principal investigator for a large number of externally funded clinical trials of weight loss agents and interventions. He is the author of more than 100 professional publications, chapters, and presentations, primarily concerning obesity and its management. Dr. O’Neil is a longstanding active member of The Obesity Society, having served as Councilor, Vice-President and President.

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