M, M, M & M: a mnemonic for assessing obesity

Obes Rev. 2010 Nov;11(11):808-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00766.x.


Obese individuals can present with a wide range of medical and psychosocial problems, which can promote weight gain, provide important indications for treatment but, in some cases, also pose significant barriers to management. To ensure a complete assessment and consideration of these factors, I propose the use of a simple mnemonic consisting of four Ms or 'M, M, M, & M' that stand for Mental, Mechanical, Metabolic and Monetory, respectively, and may help the busy practitioner navigate through a thorough assessment of clients presenting with excess weight.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Humans
  • Obesity* / economics
  • Obesity* / etiology
  • Obesity* / physiopathology
  • Obesity* / psychology
  • Risk Assessment