Webinar Series

May 2017

Measuring excess adiposity in children: What’s the best method?

Babette Zemel, PhD 

What is the best way to measure adiposity in children? The CDC estimates obesity affects 17% of children ages 2-19, with higher prevalence in some minority populations. Identifying accurate ways of assessing adiposity is an essential first step in designing an overall treatment plan. BMI charts are widely used and provide an inexpensive method of screening for overweight and obesity, but they pose limitations in certain circumstances.  Advanced body composition methods present an alternative to BMI in measuring adiposity in children but their use is usually limited to the research setting. This presentation will review the advantages and limitations of BMI vs advanced body composition techniques in children. Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of the options available for measuring pediatric body composition and under what scenarios each may most effectively be used.

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June 2017

Jena Shaw

Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Improve Adherence to Eating and Weight Loss Goals?

Jena Shaw Tronieri, PhD

Despite the availability of numerous weight loss diets and strategies, long term program adherence is quite difficult and most individuals drop out long before their weight loss goals are achieved. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment that assists individuals in changing their behavior in spite of the presence of conflicting and difficult emotions, urges and thoughts. Although this treatment modality shows promise, most practitioners lack the knowledge or training to incorporate ACT techniques and strategies in weight control counseling and treatment. This webinar will introduce the ACT treatment model and review recent evidence suggesting that ACT strategies may improve behavioral weight loss adherence and outcomes. Attendees will be guided through examples of how to effectively apply ACT treatment techniques in treating patients and clients who are struggling to make changes to their eating and exercise habits.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the potential use of ACT as a complement to traditional dietary and lifestyle weight loss treatment methods.   

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This webinar is sponsored by an unrestrictred educational grant from