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Obesity: Introduction

Excess body weight can indicate obesity as an independent condition. Obesity can also arise due to various underlying conditions. Excess weight or unexplained weight gain need careful professional medical attention for correct diagnosis....more »

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Causes of Obesity:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Obesity. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Obesity

Home medical tests possibly related to Obesity:

Causes of Types of Obesity:

Review the causes of these more specific types of Obesity:

Review causes of types of Obesity in more specific categories:

Review causes of more specific types of Obesity:

Obesity: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Obesity, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Obesity Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Obesity may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Obesity

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Obesity may include:

Stories from Users for Obesity

Real-life user stories relating to Obesity:

Message Boards for Obesity

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Obesity or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Obesity:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Obesity. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Calculate the Body mass index (BMI) = weight (kg) / height (m2)
    • Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30-40. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI of over 40
    • Calculate Waist-Hip ratio. Obese people with a high waist-hip ratio (over 1.0 in men and over 0.9 in women) have a significantly greater risk of diabetes mellitus, stroke, heart attacks and early death than equally obese people with lower waist-hip ratio
  • more tests...»

Obesity: Animations

Obesity: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Obesity may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Obesity

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Obesity:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Obesity. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Obesity: Deaths

Read more about causes and Obesity deaths.

Misdiagnosis and Obesity

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Obesity: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

Other ways to find a doctor, or use doctor, physician and specialist online research services:

Causes of Obesity listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Obesity as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Obesity

To most people, the term "obesity" means to be very overweight. Health professionals define "overweight" as an excess amount of body weight that includes muscle, bone, fat, and water. "Obesity" specifically refers to an excess amount of body fat. Some people, such as bodybuilders or other athletes with a lot of muscle, can be overweight without being obese. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK)

Overweight refers to an excess of body weight compared to set standards. The excess weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Obesity refers specifically to having an abnormally high proportion of body fat.1 One can be overweight without being obese, as in the example of a bodybuilder or other athlete who has a lot of muscle. However, many people who are overweight are also obese. (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)

To most people, the term "obesity" means to be very overweight. Health professionals... (Source: excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK)

Overweight refers to an excess of body weight compared to set standards. The... (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)

Definitions of Obesity:

Is a Body Mass Index (BMI of 30 or above). BMI describes body weight relative to height and is strongly correlated to total body fat content in adults. The rIsk of death increases as the BMI reaches and surpasses 30. (CDC98)
- (Source - Diseases Database)

More than average fatness
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Excessively high accumulation of body fat or adipose tissue in relation to lean body mass; the amount of body fat (or adiposity) includes concern for both the distribution of fat throughout the body and the size of the adipose tissue deposits; individuals are usually at high clinical risk because of excess amount of body fat (BMI greater than 30).
- (Source - CRISP)

Detailed list of causes of Obesity

The list below shows some of the causes of Obesity mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Obesity?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Obesity. Of the 236 causes of Obesity that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 9 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 6 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 225 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Obesity:

The following list of conditions have 'Obesity' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Obesity:

The following list of medical conditions have Obesity or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Obesity Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Obesity based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Obesity?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Obesity, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Obesity:

    Body mass index raised
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Obesity:

    Subtypes of Obesity:

    Weight gain (360 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Obesity:

    Weight gain (360 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Weight symptoms (2043 causes)

    Symptoms related to Obesity:

    Weight gain (360 causes), Tallness (22 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Obesity

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Obesity and many other medical conditions:

    Related medical articles from our Disease Center for Obesity:

    More Ways To Research Medical Signs and Symptoms:

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