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To determine whether a patient is overweight or obese, a healthcare provider uses body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference measurements. To determine BMI, the healthcare provider multiplies the patient's weight (in pounds) by 704.5. This number is divided by the patient's height (in inches) squared.
The BMI classifications are:
Waist circumference measurement helps determine a person's amount of abdominal fat.
Being overweight or obese is preventable. Healthcare providers may recommend one or more of the following weight loss therapies:
Conditions Helped By Losing Weight
Losing weight can help a patient improve or prevent many of the following conditions: