Basics of Bariatric Nutrition
BASICS OF BARIATRIC NUTRITION

Bariatric surgery provides a successful and durable treatment option for those with clinically severe obesity who don't respond to traditional diet and lifestyle therapies. With the world-wide prevalence of obesity and particularly the increasing rates of severe obesity, a patient with a history of bariatric surgery may present in any dietitian's practice. Thus, it is beneficial for registered dietitians to be familiar with the basic nutritional needs of these patients including diet and supplement recommendations, indicated laboratory analyses, and considerations for special circumstances including weight regain and pregnancy.
Upon successful completion of this 1 hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • List the most common types of bariatric surgeries performed and their mechanisms of action.


  • Summarize the post-operative diet and supplement recommendations.


  • Describe special considerations for clients with weight regain or who become pregnant following bariatric surgery.
Live Event Date: Jan 07, 2016
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 5000, 5200, 5370
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 4.1.5, 4.2.7, 8.1.3, 8.3.5
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Allied Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LD
Debbie Petitpain

Debbie Petitpain, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. As the Wellness Director in the Office of Health Promotion, she develops policies and programs to advance health on campus and in the community.

In 2016, she received a "Hero of Everyday Life" award for her volunteer efforts to fight hunger in the community by establishing the first hospital-based USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free program at MUSC, which provided over 13,000 free meals to kids in the first 3 years. Since then, Debbie has consulted with numerous healthcare organizations starting similar programs and has collected examples of today's best practices. She has presented this body of work on behalf of the USDA and non-profits such as No Kid Hungry to hospital administrators, state associations and to anyone who wants to learn more about it!

Debbie graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has worked for Sodexo since 2003.

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Live Date: (May 22,2018)
Expiration Date: (May 21,2021)

Rating: 4.95 out of 5

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Duration: 1 hour

Beyond the Basics of Bariatric Nutrition

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Expiration Date: (Jun 28,2020)

Rating: 4.65 out of 5

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Duration: 1 hour

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Live Date: (May 16,2017)
Expiration Date: (May 15,2020)

Rating: 4.80 out of 5

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Duration: 1 hour

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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Live Date: (Apr 04,2017)
Expiration Date: (Apr 03,2020)

Rating: 4.77 out of 5

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On Demand
Live Date: (Jan 26,2016)
Expiration Date: (Jan 25,2019)

Rating: 4.60 out of 5

Instructor: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LD

Duration: 1 hour