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Tools for obesity diagnosis

Obesity remains underdiagnosed and undertreated1

Only 55% of people with obesity receive a formal diagnosis, and even fewer receive long-term obesity care1

Graph depicting the percent of people with obesity seeking and receiving long-term care

Diagnosing your patients with obesity using the following protocols recommended by AACE/ACE2:

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Evaluation

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Clinical laboratory
  • Review of systems, emphasizing obesity-related complications
  • Obesity history
    • Chart weight vs age
    • Lifestyle patterns and preferences
    • Previous interventions
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Anthropometric diagnosis

  • Confirm elevated BMI represents excess adiposity
  • Measure waist circumference to evaluate cardiometabolic disease risk
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Clinical Diagnosis

  • Normal weight: <25 kg/m2,a
  • Overweight: 25 kg/m2–29.9kg/m2
  • Obesity: ≥30 kg/m2
  • Evaluate checklist of obesity-related complications

aOr <23 kg/m2 in certain ethnicities with waist circumference below regional/ethnic cutoffs.

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Risk Assessment Tool

This educational tool with help you determine your patients’ risk for developing certain complications.

USE THE TOOL
Clinical overview of the AACE/ACE obesity guidelines brochure

AACE/ACE Guidelines

Access clinical practice guidelines for the management of obesity.

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Start the conversation

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Apply your diagnosis knowledge

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References

1. Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K, et al. Perceptions of barriers to effective obesity care: results from the National ACTION Study. Obesity. 2018;26(1):61-69.

2. Garvey WT, Mechanick JI, Brett EM, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for medical care of patients with obesity. Endocr Pract. 2016;22 Suppl 3:1-203.

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