Classifying obesity as a disease

The pathophysiology, the classification of the body mass index (BMI), the complications and the severity of the complication are the four factors that are taken into account to develop a system of classification of diseases associated with obesity.

This system, adopted by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the European Association for the Study of Obesity, seeks to understand the types of associated diseases and the clinical impact that obesity represents as a chronic disease.

Clasificando la obesidad como una enfermedad

Until now, to diagnose obesity, health professionals only analyzed BMI, without taking into account what excess weight could represent for the health of each individual analyzed.

In fact, to classify it as a disease, obesity is only listed as “excess calories” in the International Classification of Diseases (INN), making medical diagnoses difficult.

In this sense, experts cannot accurately indicate the complexity of the impact of obesity on the health of the patient.

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