Tests

The doctor will conduct some of the following tests and exams to accurately diagnose your condition:

Evaluating your health history:

The doctor may ask about your health issues like eating patterns, exercise habits, weight-loss methods, weight history, related complications, etc. He/she may also ask about obesity and other conditions in your family.

Related problems:

The doctor may order tests for related conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

BMI calculation:

The doctor may calculate your body mass index (BMI) to get an accurate idea about your obesity level.

Waist measurement:

Abdominal fat increases the risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Ideally, waist measurement should be less than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men. If it is above these figures, it increases health risks.

General tests:

The physician may check your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, examine your abdomen and listen to your lungs and heart.

Blood tests:

These include tests for cholesterol, liver function, fasting glucose, thyroid test etc. Sometimes, heart tests like an electrocardiogram may be ordered.

These tests and exams will enable the doctor to determine the health risks and conditions you suffer from and the right treatment options for them.