Functional Nutritional Testing in Obesity

Presented by Melanie Dorion, NP

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight. Of these, over 600 million were obese. In the U.S. alone, more than one-third of adults are obese. Excess body fat poses many health risks such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease to name a few. While diet and lifestyle strategies are critical to long-term weight management success, the increased prevalence of overweight and obese individuals indicates the need for a more comprehensive approach.

Obesity is now understood to be a multifaceted disease involving hormonal, inflammatory, gastrointestinal and nutrient imbalances. Additional interventions are needed to make conventional approaches effective. Advanced nutritional diagnostic testing may help identify contributing factors such as oxidative stress, toxins, and nutritional deficiencies to allow for a personalized treatment plan for effective weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review factors that lead to nutrient imbalances in the obese patient
  • Review the impact of oxidative stress on the obese patient
  • Apply diagnostic testing to evaluate areas that may play a causative role in the etiology of obesity
  • Develop a comprehensive nutritional strategy for successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance
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Melanie Dorion, NPMelanie Dorion, NP

Melanie Dorion is an Integrative and Functional Nurse Practitioner, founder and Medical Director at SanaVi Health. She focuses on managing and reversing chronic illnesses, disease prevention, health and performance optimization. Her approach is grounded in nursing, Functional and Naturopathic medicine philosophies. She studied Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Washington before doing her Nurse Practitioner degree at Seattle University. She has received advanced training in obesity management, nutrition, exercise science, herbal medicine and genetics allowing for a unique approach to health concerns. Melanies work centers on chronic complex illnesses, disease prevention, environmentally acquired illnesses and performance optimization. Melanie is a chronic disease survivor, having reversed chronic fatigue and is now dedicated to helping others. Melanie thrives to support patients wanting to feel their best, whatever their role – from being a parent, an athlete, business owner or an executive. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Obesity Medicine Association and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.

Melanie is also passionate about educating patients and healthcare providers and teaches through her online educational platform, Pentad Integrative Health, and enjoys public speaking. She has made appearances on To Your Health radio and I Love Cville in Charlottesville. Her speaking engagements include Genova Diagnostics, A4M, Biohealth Congress FIM and is a regular speaker at Mary Baldwin University in addition to leading health workshops and Functional Forum meetings in Virginia.