Obesity Staging in Berlin

sharma-edmonton-obesity-staging-systemThis morning, I presented a keynote address at the 31st Scientific Meeting of the Deutsche Adipositas Gesellschaft (German Obesity Society) on the issue of risk stratification beyond BMI.

As regular readers will be well aware, I have long stated that our current definition of obesity based on BMI is problematic when applied to individuals presenting with excess weight.

We have therefore proposed the use of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System as a simple clinical tool for risk stratification that can guide clinical decision making.

Judging by the response from the audience, this concept met overwhelming approval, especially from the clinicians in the audience.

If, how, and when this concept will find its way into German obesity management guidelines remains to be seen.

Berlin, Germany