Skip to Content
Close Icon

Home Office/New Orleans Area
4031 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 456-9355

Time Plaza
Shopping Center/Acadiana

5417 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 385-2756

Medical Health Issues

Health Issue: Obesity

Diagnosis

Assessing Health Risks Associated with Overweight and Obesity

BMI is just one indicator of potential health risks associated with being overweight or obese. For assessing someone's likelihood of developing overweight- or obesity-related diseases, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute guidelines recommend looking at two other predictors:

  • The individual's waist circumference (because abdominal fat is a predictor of risk for obesity-related diseases).
  • Other risk factors the individual has for diseases and conditions associated with obesity (for example, high blood pressure or physical inactivity).

For more information about the assessment of health risk for developing overweight- and obesity-related diseases, visit the following Web pages from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

 


Aa Aa Aa