Assessment and Management of the Obese Patient

The body mass index (BMI). It is based on the patient's height in meters and weight in kilograms.. BMI of 30 or greater is defined as obese. Proper diet, exercise and behaviour modification are the foundation of treating obesity.

Patients with no comorbid conditions and a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 should not receive medication for obesity. Patients with a BMI of 30 or greater with no complications and those with a BMI of 27.0 to 29.9 and two comorbid conditions may be candidates for pharmacologic therapy. When medical management and lifestyle changes prove insufficient, surgical intervention may be considered.


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