Carbohydrate-Insulin Model: One Perspective on the Obesity Epidemic – Short Course

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Accreditations: CDR
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Review the carbohydrate-insulin model as a proposed model for development of obesity. 

This continuing professional education (CPE) self-study short course includes required reading of a review article which describes the carbohydrate-insulin model as a proposed model for the development of obesity. The premise of the model is that hormonal responses from a high glycemic load diet result in increasing fat deposition in the body, driving a positive energy balance. The article outlines the proposed model, compares it to the model of obesity that is currently accepted, and discusses controversies around the model. The authors present this potential cause of the obesity pandemic as a new paradigm, one that requires further study and scientific debate as part of the quest to address obesity.

A case-study based CPE exam tests the reader on key information in the review article.

Purchasing Options: This is available as eDocument plus CPE Test only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Interpret and integrate evidence-based research and literature on factors contributing to the obesity pandemic into decision-making.
  2. Analyze and synthesize information and identify new information, patterns, and findings related to causes of the obesity pandemic.
  3. Integrate relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models about the obesity pandemic.
  4. Analyze new information and how it impacts medical nutrition therapy for treatment of obesity.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 172087 Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed

CPE Level: I

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

    • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision-making.
    • 4.2.5 Analyzes and synthesizes information and identifies new information, patterns, and findings.
    • 4.2.6 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
    • 8.2.3 Analyzes new information and how it impacts medical nutrition therapy.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 8 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: The Carbohydrate-insulin Model: A Physiological Perspective on the Obesity Pandemic (a link to the document is included in the downloadable course document).

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.

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I appreciated that a current perspective was being shared and that this piece challenged a very outdated, simplistic model of thinking. This course will help to broaden practitioners' physiological understanding of weight and the interplay with hormones, and hopefully push them to guide patients and clients through a more nuanced approach to weight maintenance, glucose control and overall health.
- Carbohydrate-Insulin Model: One Perspective on the Obesity Epidemic
Casey Seiden, MS, RD, CDCES
As the burden of obesity increases, this CPE program allows dietitians the opportunity to understand and support the continued research for evidence based information to individualize plans to successfully treat obesity.
- Carbohydrate-Insulin Model: One Perspective on the Obesity Epidemic
Lisa Brown, RDN, LD, CDCES
This CPE program expands the knowledge base of RDNs to acknowledge that weight loss is far more complex than what we tend to recommend.
- Carbohydrate-Insulin Model: One Perspective on the Obesity Epidemic
Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

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