Goals of discussing weight history

A weight-history discussion is intended to complement a full clinical and physical assessment to identify metabolic, genetic, and hormonal factors as well as medications that may be the reasons for weight gain.

A successful weight-history discussion can result in1,2

  • Assessment of root causes that influence eating and activity behaviors
  • Understanding of past efforts, challenges, and previous weight-loss success
  • A basis for setting weight-loss goals for each patient
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  1. Vallis M, Piccinini-Vallis H, Sharma AM, Freedhoff Y. Modified 5 As: Minimal intervention for obesity counseling in primary care. Can Fam Physician. 2013;59:27-31.
  2. Kushner RF. Clinical assessment and management of adult obesity. Circulation. 2012;126(24):2870-2877.