KLH3108 - Obesity treatment 2: Lifestyle treatment in children, bariatric surgery and pharmacotherapy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 3 days

Course content

1. Overview on the role of diet, exercise and behavioral therapy on the treatment of childhood obesity and on how obesity treatment for children and adolescents should be seen in a family perspective. The role of behavioral therapy in weight loss treatment will also be discussed, both from the perspective of children and adults. Motivation and principles of behavioral treatment will be discussed. Voluntary participation on course days for families in obesity treatment will be possible.

2. Different bariatric procedures will be compared in terms of their mechanisms of action, indications/contra-indications, efficacy and potential complications. The important role of follow-up after surgery will be discussed, and how this should be met from the perspectives of medicine, nutrition, behavior and physical activity.

3. Different pharmacological aprocahes will be compared in terms of their mechanisms of action, indications/contra-indications, efficacy and potential complications. The role of pharmacotherapy, as a single intervention, and in combination with conservative treatment, will be discussed in relation to weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Future directions in pharmacological treatment will also be discussed.Pharmacologic treatment of adult obesity.

4. In addition, a throughout discussion will also be done on the challenges to maintain weight loss in the long-term, after surgical treatments, with focus on predictors of success as well as characteristics of those who succeed in long term.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have an understanding of the definition, causes and consequences of childhood obesity
  • Be familiar with the role of diet, exercise and behavioral therapy in the treatment of obesity
  • Have knowledge on how families are included in the treatment of children and adolescents
  • Be able to identify the best treatment offer for each individual patient
  • Be aware of different methods used to measure chanegs in body weight, diet, physical activity and behaviour within the treatment of childhood obesity
  • Be aware of the concept of inter-individual variation in response to treatment and potential explanatory mechanisms
  • Have knowledge on how pharmacotherapy can be used in obesity treatment
  • Be able to ascertain whether a patient is a good candidate for surgical treatment
  • Have an insight into how patients are to be followed up after surgery
  • Be able to lead group treatments or follow-up courses after surgery
  • Understand the challenges in weight loss maintenance after both bariatric surgery and conservative treatment
  • Have knowledge of the different predictors of success and characteristics of those who succeed in long term weight loss maintenance after bariatric surgery

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work and internship. Attandance in lectures is mandatory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attendance in lectures

Further on evaluation

Approved compulsory activities are valid for three subsequent semesters after approval. In cases of re-scheduled examinations the assessment form may be changed to oral examination. The lectures will be given in English if international students register within the deadline.

Home exam - three days (72 hours)

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The student must have started on (or completed) the course KLH3103 (Obesity Treatment 1: Lifestyle Treatment).

Course materials

Given when semester starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3104 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
KLH3105 1.5 AUTUMN 2015
MDV6018 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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