Classification and evaluation of the obesities

Med Clin North Am. 1989 Jan;73(1):161-84. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(16)30697-6.


Obesity is a condition of multifactorial etiology that can be associated with important health and functional consequences. Suggestions for the proper evaluation of obese patients have been presented along with brief descriptions of the rationales for their use. The evaluation protocol has been summarized in two algorithms to aid in the performance of a complete and organized work-up.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / pathology
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Humans
  • Obesity / classification*
  • Obesity / diagnosis
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / pathology