Obesity Screening and Assessment of Patient Readiness for Weight Loss

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Obesity Screening and Assessing Patient Readiness for Weight Loss Obesity Screening and Assessing Patient Readiness for Weight Loss

ACOG's Wellness Work Group on Obesity has identified the following resources to assist obstetrician-gynecologists and women's health care providers in screening their patients for obesity and initiating conversations about weight loss.

Synopsis and Tools

In this synopsis, ACOG's Wellness Work Group on Obesity explores common pitfalls in obesity screening and examines strategies for working with patients on weight loss: Obesity Screening and Assessing Patient Readiness for Weight Loss (PDF)

To complement this synopsis, the Work Group also developed an Obesity Assessment Algorithm and a Body Mass Index Table.

Web Resources

ACOG's Wellness Work Group on Obesity has identified the following resources as potentially helpful in screening patients for obesity and assessing readiness for weight loss.

STOP Obesity Alliance

STOP Obesity Alliance: Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity and Health with Your Patients (PDF)

USPSTF: Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management, June 2012

CDC: Assessing your Weight

CDC: Risks of Overweight and Obesity

Patient forms and questionnaires that can be modified/adapted for use into clinical practice:
University of Michigan other various patient questionnaires (PDF)
New patient screening form (PDF)

Printable Tools for Practice from the Wellness Work Group on Obesity:
Obesity Assessment Algorithm
Body Mass Index Table
Waist Circumference Tool

Also in The Obesity Toolkit
Letter From ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA (PDF)
Background and Introduction (PDF)
Lifestyle Therapies: Diet, Physical Activity, and Behavioral Strategies
Pharmacologic and Surgical Interventions
Frequently Asked Questions: Intervention Programs (PDF)
Coding for Obesity (PDF)
Web Resources (PDF)

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