CE Article: Adult Obesity and the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy
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SKU: CEA1118

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

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Camille Dieterle, OTD, OTR/L

Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)


Occupational therapy practitioners commonly encounter clients diagnosed with or who are at risk for obesity across all populations and settings. Because obesity can affect participation in occupation, occupational therapy practitioners can treat obesity as the primary condition or reason for referral, as well as in conjunction with various conditions and disabilities. This article focuses on the effects of obesity on occupational performance and participation and discusses occupational therapy lifestyle interventions for treating obesity with adults who are or who are at risk for obesity, including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and bariatric surgery. The article focuses on intervention in the context of outpatient lifestyle modification, although much of the material discussed is useful in most settings.

­­­Learning Objectives

1.  Identify the various client factors, performance patterns, contexts, and environments that contribute to obesity

2.  Describe the effects of obesity on occupation and participation

3.  Articulate occupational therapy’s role in treating obesity

4.  Describe evidence-based occupational therapy lifestyle modification interventions for reducing weight and preventing weight gain


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners


Content Focus: Professional Issues; Occupational Therapy Interventions


Reference Information:

Dieterle, Camille, OTD, OTR/L

(CEA November 2018) Managing Obesity in Adults: A Role for Occupational Therapy