OCTOBER 14–16, 2020

A New Obesity Narrative: The Integrated Role of Fitness and Obesity Medicine in Weight Management

More than one-third of adults in the United States suffer from the chronic disease of obesity. Obesity is intimately linked to many of the most common chronic illnesses like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, sleep apnea, stroke, type 2 diabetes and 13 types of cancer. In recent years, clinical practice guidelines have emphasized the need for a multidisciplinary approach to obesity management in a chronic disease treatment model. This is especially important given the high rates of recidivism seen with lifestyle modification for weight loss. This lecture will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the physiology of appetite regulation and the process of metabolic adaptation to weight loss. This adaptive process appears to lead to a disproportionate reduction in energy expenditure, increased hunger, and decreased satiety, which may persist long after weight loss ceases. In this way, metabolic adaptation may make maintenance of a reduced body weight more difficult. The lecture will then discuss the importance of offering to patients an approach where fitness and obesity medicine are integrated in their roles in weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. At the end of this lecture participants will be familiar with the current evidence based knowledge of obesity as a chronic disease and with today’s successful strategies in chronic medical weight management.

Dr. Silvana Pannain

Associate Professor of Obesity Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
University of Chicago

Speaker Profile

Dr. Silvana Pannain is an associate professor of Obesity Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Chicago in Chicago and the founder and director of the Medical Weight Management Program at the University of Chicago. Dr. Pannain completed her medical degree in 1990 and her residency in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in 1994 at the University’ of Naples, "Federico II", Italy; the Internal Medicine Residency in 2002 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, New York and the Endocrinology Fellowship in 2004 at the University of Chicago, Chicago. She has been Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism since 2007 and Obesity Medicine since 2016. Dr. Pannain’s research interest has been to examine the relationship between sleep and meal timing with obesity, glucose homeostasis and appetite regulation in obese patients. Her most recent research work has examined the relationship amongst circadian misalignment, overweight/obesity, and insulin sensitivity Dr. Pannain has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2018, she has served as a member of ABOM Obesity Medicine Certification Committee with the scope of developing the Obesity Medicine recertification pathway for ABOM.