Obesity Causes and Diagnosis



According to the 2003-2004 National Center for Health Statistics survey, almost one-third of American adults are considered obese. If the patterns of the past 20 years continue, that percentage will continue to grow. Obesity is a difficult condition to deal with, but it can be curbed or even prevented with lifestyle changes, especially where diet and physical activity are concerned. The Internet has many resources to help you research, understand, and eventually prevent or control obesity. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

What Is Obesity?

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Obesity Causes and Diagnosis

Obesity can be caused by a number of environmental and physical factors, but diagnosing obesity is somewhat more straightforward. It is best to work with your doctor to determine how much, if any, weight you need to lose but, because obesity is mainly determined by how much body fat you carry around, you can get a rough idea of where you stand weight-wise by using a few online tools.

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  • If you are obese, the Internet can give you plenty of information but your physician can look at your specific medical records to determine your specific cause and help you decide on a plan of action to help improve your health.
  • BMI refers to your Body Mass Index; it is a measure of the relationship between your height and weight and can help determine if you are at a healthy weight for your height.
  • Some Web sites offer BMI charts or calculators to help you determine if you are at a healthy weight; use these tools merely as a rough guide, but talk to you doctor to help you understand what your body mass index means (your health is not as straightforward as a simple math calculation).

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