Suggested Preparation

1. Become Familiar with the Exam Content Outline

The examination is composed of four 60-minute test blocks, each with 50 items, designed to assess the knowledge base and the cognitive and deductive skills of candidates. The Test Content Outline provides a listing of all the subject areas that may be covered on the exam.  Click here to view the Exam Content Outline.

2. Review Textbooks

  • Bray, G. & Bouchard, C. Handbook of Obesity, Fourth Edition, Two Volume set: Handbook of Obesity-Volume 2: Clinical Applications, Fourth Edition, 2014. CRC Press
  • Kushner R, Lawrence V, Kumar S. Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity, 2013. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mahan, K.L. & Escott-Stump, S.E., Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th Edition, 2011. Saunders
  • Shils, M.E., Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 11th Edition, 2012.Lippincott, Williams &Wilkins.
  • Steelman, G.M. & Westman, E.C., Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, 2010. CRC Press.
  • Youdim, Adrienne et al. The Clinicians Guide to the Treatment of Obesity, 2015. Springer.

3. Attend a Review Course

Visit the Obesity Medicine Association (, The Obesity Society (, and The Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education ( learn about upcoming review courses.

4. Review the ABOM Sample Test Questions

The Sample Test Questions give candidates the opportunity to learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty. Candidates will receive a free copy of the Sample Test Questions upon application completion.

5. Remain Up-to-date

Continue to keep abreast of the current evidence in the field.


6. Other Suggested Resources and Study Guides

  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th Edition, 2013, American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Barlow SE; Expert Committee. Expert Committee recommendations regarding the prevention, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity: summary report. Pediatrics. 2007; 120 (suppl 4):S164 – S192.
  • Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Management. Authors Muskaan Girnani, Catherine Birken, Jill Hamilton.
  • Hassink S. Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2007.
  • Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Donato KA, et al. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. Obesity 2013. Published online before print November 12, 2013
  • Jones DB, Mechanick JI, Youdim A, for the writing group. Clinical practice guidelines for the peroperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient – 2013 update: Cosponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Obesity 21 (S1), 2013.
  • Seger JC, Horn DB, Westman EC, Primack C, Schmidt SL, Ravasia D, McCarthy W, Ferguson U, Sabowitz BN, Scinta W, Bays HE. Obesity Algorithm, presented by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 2014-2015.