Readers of these pages will recall that earlier this year Robert Kushner and I published a proposal for a new clinical obesity staging system in the International Journal of Obesity.
Rather than BMI (a measure of weight), the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) ranks severity of obesity based on clinical assessment of weight-related health problems, mental health and quality of life. We proposed that this system would provide a far better guide to clinical decision making than using BMI class alone.
As we have now implemented the use of this system in our clinic and in the referral requirements to our program, we have also developed a simple chart and pocket tool that can be used as a reminder in a clinical setting.
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