Investigations in endocrinology

How to investigate weight gain in an adult. ‘I’ve put on so much weight, doc’

Investigations in endocrinology

How to investigate weight gain in an adult. ‘I’ve put on so much weight, doc’

Ramy H Bishay, Nic Kormas

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Abstract

Case scenarios are used in this section to educate doctors on the best approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with different endocrine problems. The appropriate selection of tests and correct interpretation of test results are discussed.

Article Extract

The global prevalence of people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 kg/m2 has doubled, over 40 kg/m2 quadrupled, and over 50 kg/m2 increased fivefold. It is projected in Australia that if current rates of weight gain continue, normal-weight adults will constitute less than a third of the population by 2025, and the obesity prevalence will have increased by 65%.