Chapter 15. Assessment and Investigation of Obesity

  1. Gareth Williams3 and
  2. Gema Frühbeck4
  1. Luc Van Gaal1 and
  2. Ilse Mertens2

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch15

Obesity: Science to Practice

Obesity: Science to Practice

How to Cite

Gaal, L. V. and Mertens, I. (2009) Assessment and Investigation of Obesity, in Obesity: Science to Practice (eds G. Williams and G. Frühbeck), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Antwerp University Hospital, Dept. Diabetology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Antwerp), Belgium

  2. 2

    Dept. Endocrinology, Diabetology ' Metabolism, Metabolic Unit, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019115

Online ISBN: 9780470712221



  • assessment and investigation of obesity;
  • various forms of obesity management – lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery;
  • drug-induced obesity;
  • most common inherited syndrome – Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS);
  • gastroesophageal reflux – the most common gastrointestinal complication of obesity;
  • cholesterol gallstone formation – well-recognized complication of obesity in middle-aged women;
  • physical inactivity – an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease;
  • smoking – enhances the risks of cardiovascular disease


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Causes of obesity

  • Comorbidities and health risks of obesity

  • Practical assessment of obesity

  • Personal history

  • Review of systems

  • Clinical examination

  • Screening investigations

  • Assessment of the overweight patient

  • References