Clinical Guidelines Updated for Obesity Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is now recommending clinicians screen adults for obesity and offer or refer patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m² or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.
BMI is calculated from the measured weight and height of an individual.
BMI = weight in pounds ÷ height in inches² x 703
For example: A patient weighs 176 pounds and is 5’4″ tall. Divide 176 by 4096 (64 x 64) and then multiply by 703 to get a BMI of 30.2, which is considered obese.
The USPSTF guideline, “Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement,” was published June 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.