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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recommends that all children (aged 6 years and older) and adults be screened for obesity using the body mass index (BMI).

In addition to the BMI, your waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, or skinfold thickness measurement can also help determine if you have more body fat than is recommended.

References:

Explore overweight and obesity diagnosed. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe. Updated July 13, 2012. Accessed February 27, 2014.

Obesity in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115009/Obesity-in-adults. Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

Obesity in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115153/Obesity-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated July 10, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

1/29/2010 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115153/Obesity-in-children-and-adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force, Barton M. Screening for obesity in children and adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Pediatrics. 2010;125(2):361-367



Last reviewed March 2016 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD

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