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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 by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did you start having problems with your weight?

    Why: the onset of obesity may occur at any age.

  2. What strategies have you tried to lose weight?
  3. What is the sex of the person with obesity?

    Why: If male should consider Klinefelter's syndrome. If female should consider polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  4. What is the age of the person with obesity?

    Why: If the person is a child, must consider the rare congenital disorders that cause obesity such as Prader-Willi, Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome or Beckwirth-Wiedemann syndrome. Studies have found that 10% of prepubertal and 15% of adolescent child age groups are obese. Medical causes of obesity in children are rare.

  5. Family history of obesity?

    Why: obesity is influenced by environmental and genetic factors.

  6. Do you have any special problems, such as getting bored, tense, upset or depressed?

    Why: these problems can stimulate overeating and comfort eating.

  7. Risk factors for obesity?

    Why: e.g. family tendency, female sex, lack of physical exercise, emotional deprivation, depression, poorer social classes, alcohol abuse, cessation of smoking, tricyclic antidepressants.

  8. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Hypothyroidism may be associated with previous Graves disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Down Syndrome, previous radioactive ablation of the thyroid; Encephalitis may cause injury to the hypothalamus result in excessive appetite and obesity.

  9. Medications?

    Why: e.g. corticosteroids may cause a Cushing-like appearance; hypothyroidism may be caused by lithium or amiodarone; medications that may cause weight gain include the tricyclic antidepressants, steroids, pizotifen, thioridazine and the contraceptive pill.

  10. Dietary history?

    Why: The outstanding cause of weight gain is excessive calorie intake coupled with lack of exercise. People with obesity often deny overeating but the true situation can be determined by recording actual food and beverage intake and energy expenditure, and be interviewing a reliable witness.

  11. Exercise history?

    Why: The outstanding cause of weight gain is excessive calorie intake coupled with lack of exercise. People with obesity often deny overeating but the true situation can be determined by recording actual food and beverage intake and energy expenditure, and be interviewing a reliable witness.

  12. Alcohol history?

    Why: excess alcohol consumption may cause a excess weight and may cause a Cushing-like appearance (pseudo-Cushing's syndrome).

  13. Cigarette smoking?- cigarette smoking further increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease in people with obesity. Cessation of smoking often causes weight gain
  14. Enormous appetite?

    Why: must consider the possibility of an insulinoma or Frohlich's syndrome (also have poorly developed genitals).

  15. Mental retardation?

    Why: the presence of mental retardation with obesity should suggest Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome or Prader-Willi syndrome.

  16. Headaches and visual disturbance?

    Why: may suggest a variety of tumors including craniopharyngioma, optic glioma and pituitary tumors that may cause injury to the hypothalamus and result in excessive appetite and obesity.

  17. Chest pain?

    Why: may suggest angina which may be a consequence of obesity.

  18. Low back pain, aggravation of knee and ankle pain?

    Why: Obesity may cause a variety of bone and joint disturbances, including low back pain and aggravation of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knees and ankles.

  19. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, tiredness, fatigue, increased infections especially of the skin and genitals, blurry vision. Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes mellitus type 2.

  20. Symptoms of complications of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. staphylococcal skin infections, tingling or numbness of the feet, impotence, heart attack, intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease - these complications may be the presenting features of diabetes.

  21. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. unexplained weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, depression, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst, growth arrest in children.

  22. Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

    Why: e.g. lethargy, unexplained weight gain, constipation, puffiness of face and eyes, hair loss, dry skin. Hypothyroidism is not usually associated with marked obesity.

  23. Symptoms of Acromegaly?

    Why: e.g. excessive growth of hands, feet, nose, lips, face, jaw and tongue; weakness, sweating, headaches, loss of menstrual periods in females, reduced libido in males.

  24. Symptoms of insulinoma (insulin secreting tumor of the pancreas)?

    Why: e.g. symptoms occur with fasting and are relieved by ingestion of carbohydrates and may include headache, confusion, visual disturbances, muscle weakness, lack of co-ordination, change in personality, faintness, weakness, tremor, palpitations, sweating, hunger and nervousness.

  25. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt. Overeating may be a feature of depression, especially in the early stages.

  26. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

    Why: e.g. loud snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, unrefreshed sleep, restless sleep, morning headache, nocturnal choking, reduced libido. Obstructive sleep apnea is often a consequence of obesity.

  27. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    Why: e.g. acne, infrequent or absent menstrual periods, excessive hairiness, obesity.

  28. Symptoms of Klinefelter's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. only affects males, excessive growth of the long bones of the arms and legs. The boys are tall and slim but without testosterone treatment they become obese as adults.

  29. Symptoms of Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome?

    Why: e.g. congenital disorder with characteristic features of obesity, mental retardation, webbing or fusing of fingers or toes, extra fingers or toes, small genitals, visual problems.

  30. Symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome?

    Why: e.g. congenital disorder with characteristic features of bizarre eating habits (such as binge eating), obesity, lack of muscle tone in the limbs, small genitals, mental retardation, small hands, small feet, narrow forehead, "almond-shaped" eyes, "tented" upper lip.

  31. Symptoms of Beckwirth-Wiedemann syndrome?

    Why: e.g. congenital disorder with characteristic features of obesity, excessive growth, large head, large tongue, hernia around the umbilicus. Intelligence is in the normal range.

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.


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