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Obesity Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Increased weight
  • Thickness around the midsection
  • Obvious areas of fat deposits


Obesity is diagnosed by visual exam and body measurements using:

  • Height and weight tables
  • Body mass index
  • Measuring body folds with a caliper
  • Measuring waist-to-hip ratio
  • Water-displacement tests

To rule out other medical conditions that may cause excess body weight, your doctor may order:

  • Blood tests

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2016 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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