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Putting the Obesity Paradox in Context with the Obesity Guidelines

An Evidence-Based Webinar from the Wellness and Cardiovascular Health Subunit of SCAN


Learning Objectives:  After completion of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

  1. Understand the impact obesity is having in the United States and its role in coronary artery disease.
  2. Appreciate the complexity of the obesity paradox and its potential implications in patient management.
  3. Harmonize the obesity paradox with the recently published obesity guidelines and give specific recommendations for clinicians working with obese patients.


Obesity is an important risk factor for heart disease and is becoming an increasing important public health problem.  Yet, after the onset of heart disease, multiple studies suggests an obesity paradox, in that overweight and mildly obese patients appear to have improved survival compared to their normal counterparts.  As a result, this obesity paradox casts significant uncertainty on issues regarding ideal body weight and weight loss for obesity patients with heart disease.  This webinar will address these key issues, discuss potential explanations for the obesity paradox, and place these findings in the context of the recently published obesity guidelines. 

Speaker Bio(s):

Quinn Pack, MD, MSc

Dr. Quinn R. Pack is the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness at Baystate Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  He attended medical school at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2005.  He attended the University of Wisconsin for Internal Medicine Residency after which he completed his cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.  Dr Pack then sub-specialized in preventive cardiology as well as obtained a Masters of Clinical Investigation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

His clinical and research interests center around cardiovascular prevention and education. He has published in smoking cessation, preventive cardiology education, obesity and weight loss, and over the past several years focused his research efforts in cardiac rehabilitation.  His particular emphasis has been on improving patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation.  He has published 21 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and was recently award a KL-2 grant through Tuft’s.  He has a growing involvement in national organizations and is a member of the research and quality committees for the American Association of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention (AACVPR.)


1 Units, Level II

Expires 05/04/2018


The SCAN Executive Committee wishes to avoid possible conflicts of interests involving the development of nutrition education resources. All presenters that contributed to development of this nutrition education resource informed SCAN of any financial arrangements, affiliations, or other relationships that may constitute a conflict of interest relative to the subject matter of the nutrition education resource.