Woman working with her health care provider to develop a weight management plan
Woman working with her health care provider to develop a weight management plan

Assessments: Working With a Provider

There are several common assessments a health care provider may use when taking a weight history and developing a weight-loss or weight-management plan.

Assessments: Working With a Provider

There are several common assessments a health care provider may use when taking a weight history and developing a weight-loss or weight-management plan.

Types of assessments

The scale isn't always the best assessment tool. Thinking about how you feel from day to day may be a good starting point.

How is weight holding you back? Maybe your weight makes it hard to complete some daily tasks (eg, bending to tie your shoes, getting in and out of the car, lifting children, or carrying groceries). Maybe you don’t travel or participate in sports anymore. Be prepared to discuss how your weight impacts daily activities when you speak to a health care provider.

Body mass index (BMI) and what it means

BMI is a measurement that can point to an unhealthy weight in adults. BMI is calculated using your body weight and height. Knowing your BMI can give you a place to start when talking with a health care provider about your weight.

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Waist circumference

Waist circumference, or waist size, is a simple measurement that can indicate obesity. It’s also something a health care provider can track to assess progress.

For women, a waist measurement of 35 inches or more points to added risk for weight-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

For men, a measurement of 40 inches or greater points to obesity and carries the same risks. Excess weight can impact health in many ways. Find out more.

Metabolic assessments

Another type of assessment can be performed to see how the body burns calories. Your resting and active metabolic rates can be measured by a health care provider. Your metabolism can be assessed in 2 ways—one while resting to learn how many calories your body burns when not active and one while doing strenuous activity to see how your body burns calories during physical activity.

A health care provider can help

A health care provider with experience in weight management can help you assess where you are, track progress, and more importantly, work with you on weight-management goals. Ongoing dialogue with a health care provider is an important part of a long-term weight management plan. An obesity specialist can provide new strategies and solutions to try, including discussing medication that can help.

Did you know when you have more lean muscle, you burn more energy at rest? In fact, muscles burns off more calories than fat.

Did you know when you have more lean muscle, you burn more energy at rest? In fact, muscles burns off more calories than fat.

Simple assessment tools

There are many ways a health care provider can choose to assess and diagnose pre-obesity and obesity. It’s also important to share personal weight history—when weight became an issue, any weight-management strategies that have worked in the past, and current stage in the weight cycle—with a health care provider.

If weight is holding you back from the life you want to live, it may be time to  talk to a health care provider about your weight.

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