Obesity Health Center

Most doctors will not diagnose obesity based on BMI alone. If a patient has a BMI above 30, the doctor typically submits the patient to other tests before making a diagnosis.

These tests could examine the patient's liver function, cholesterol levels, thyroid gland function or heart beat, among other factors.

Potentially obese patients also will usually undergo a general physical exam to test for other symptoms or effects of obesity.

Review Date: 
May 17, 2012
Last Updated:
July 29, 2014