Assessment of the obese patient

Robert F Kushner*, Julie L. Roth

*Corresponding author for this work

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Obesity may be the most significant medical problem that health care providers will face over the coming decades. Physicians must aggressively address this chronic disease, providing both preventive and therapeutic care. Because this topic traditionally has not been taught in medical schools, physicians need to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective obesity care providers. Performing a detailed initial assessment, including an obesity-focused history, physical examination, and selected laboratory and diagnostic tests, is fundamental to the process of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)915-933
Number of pages19
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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