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Overweight And Obesity Guidelines
In June of 1998, the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) updated the guidelines for the definition and treatment of obesity.
The NIH guidelines no longer utilize the traditional height/weight charts for defining obesity that insurance companies have relied on for years. According to these new guidelines, assessment of overweight involves evaluation of three key measures-body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and a patient's risk factors for diseases and conditions associated with obesity.
Below are listed some of the new guidelines. These guidelines present a new approach to the assessment of overweight and obesity and establish principles of safe and effective weight loss.