Los Angeles, CA – 10/02/2013—
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number which assists in calculating whether or not aperson is obese, underweight, or in the average curve range of the wholepopulation. BMI calculators areavailable all over the web to aid in determining this number if a doctor hasnot already done so. The number is ageneral indicator of a person’s overall body fatness. Physicans use the numberas a general screening tool for diseases, with those falling intoextremely low or high levels at highest risk for developing various conditions.
With two-thirds of theadult population overweight or obese, and approximately 17 percent of childrenand teens on the road to the same condition, experts are saying if a patient’sdoctor is not tracking their BMI number, the patient should be asking themto. The U.S. Preventative Services TaskForce recently issued guidelines for doctors stating that when a patient’s BMInumber indicates obesity, it’s time to provide nutrition and fitness assistanceto help lower the number. The task forcerecommendations make it clear how doctors can assist patients who are obese orapproaching the condition.
When confronting anobesity problem in a patient, guidelines state doctors should meet with theirpatient 12-26 times over the course of a year. During these meetings, the patient should be offered assistance insetting realistic, attainable goals: a 5 percent reduction of initial bodyweight, for example. Recommendationsalso suggest working with patients to address various nutrition issues,such as consuming comfort foods or being stuck at a desk job. Patients should be encouraged to find ways ofincorporating physical activity first into their daily routine, then working upto longer sessions as they feel more confident.
With the proper guidelinesand support, patients should be able to reduce their weight and BMI to ahealthy level, avoiding surgical techniques or weight-loss medications thathave inconclusive results regarding effectiveness. Realistic changes to a person’s lifestyle arethe essential ingredients for long-term healthy weight and wellness changes.
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