The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity is associated with coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, certain cancers, and other chronic diseases. Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced body weight, lower incidence of certain chronic diseases and lower medical costs, compared with non-vegetarian diets. This CME activity will review the literature to ascertain the extent to which and by what mechanism(s) a plant-based diet may mediate body weight.
The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 30 minutes.
Susan E. Berkow, Ph.D, C.N.S.
President, SEB Associates
Adjunct Professor, Department Global and Community Health, George Mason University
Neal Barnard, M.D.
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, The George Washington University
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Washington Center for Clinical Research
Voluntary Clinical Instructor, The George Washington University
Staff Physician, Unity Health Care
The Learning Process:
Participants are expected to read the module, reflect on its content, and complete the CME self-assessment and CME evaluation. Only upon completing this process will a participant's continuing education certificate be generated. The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study activity is 1 hour.
- Define overweight and obesity.
- Describe the range of vegetarian diets.
- Summarize the key findings of observational studies and randomized controlled trials in which body weight of vegetarians was compared with that of non-vegetarians.
- Identify the mechanism(s) by which a plant-based diet may mediate body weight.
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The planners/presenters of this module have no conflicts of interest to disclose.