Derrick Cetin, Bailey A. Lessig, Elie Nasr. Comprehensive Evaluation for Obesity: Beyond Body Mass Index. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(6):376–382. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.078.
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Many factors contribute to the diagnosis of obesity in a patient. Anthropometric measurements, such as the waist circumference and percentage of body fat, are used in the newly released obesity algorithm to risk stratify patients. Staging methods, which use the identification of comorbidities and disease burden to assess the severity of obesity, can result in treating a patient sooner than if the traditional body mass index is used. Obesity is a growing concern in the medical field, and providing additional avenues through which to diagnose obesity and address obesity-related health risks can improve prevention efforts and lead to expedited weight management. Obesity is a growing concern in the medical field, and providing additional avenues through which to diagnose obesity and address obesity-related health risks can improve prevention efforts and lead to expedited weight management.
a In the United States, the values shown based on the Adult Treatment Panel III are likely to continue to be used for clinical purposes.
Source: Adapted from Garvey WT, Garber AJ, Mechanick JI, et al; AACE Obesity Scientific Committee. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology position statement on the 2014 advanced framework for a new diagnosis of obesity as a chronic disease. Endocr Pract. 2014;20(9):977-989, with permission from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Abbreviation: BMI, body mass index.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; US Department of Health and Human Services.
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