Obesity-Children and Teens Diagnosis
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How to Diagnose Obesity-Children and Teens
The doctor will:
- Ask about your child's symptoms and medical history.
- Do a physical exam.
Tests may include the following:
- BMI-Height and weight will be measured. This information, as well as birth date, will be used to calculate ideal weight ranges.
- Waist circumference, sagittal diameter, and waist-to-hip ratio-These are used to estimate the amount of fat deposited in the skin and inside the abdominal cavity.
- Skinfold caliper-This test measures fat just beneath the skin. It cannot measure fat inside the abdomen.
- Electrical measurements-These are tests that calculate the percentage of body fat. This measures the difference between the electrical characteristics of fat and other tissues in your body.
- Blood tests-These tests rule out other conditions that may cause excess body weight.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2013 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO