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Obesity 103: Questions for Your Doctor

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Body mass index (BMI) is a number that looks at a person’s body weight compared with his or her height. If your BMI is 30, close to 30 or higher than 30, and you are interested in taking the next steps to make a change and lose weight, start by bringing the following questions to your gastroenterologist (find one at www.gastro.org/GiLocator). 

Working with your doctor and staying informed and empowered can help put you on the path to weight loss and better health. 

Not sure where you stand? Start by finding out your BMI here: http://www.eatright.org/bmi

  • Does my current weight put me at risk for health issues?
  • What health issues am I at risk for?
  • What are some good resources for making healthy changes to my diet? 
  • Are there specific diets that you find more helpful for your patients?
  • What are some good resources for eating a healthy diet and becoming more physically active?
  • What should my weight-loss goal be?
  • What are small steps I can do to reach this goal?
  • How long does it usually take for these lifestyle changes to make a real difference in my weight and health?

©AGA, February 2017

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