Recommended Tools

5As of Obesity Management
Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)
Click on the link below for an easy to use  BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator. 
BMI is easy to measure, highly correlated with body fat and has good predictive value for future health risk. However, it doesn't give any information of where fat is distributed or body composition. Please note it can lead to misclassification (e.g. lean muscle mass in male athletes)

Edmonton Obesity Staging System
BMI is a measure of a patient's size but not their health. EOSS helps clinicians determine a patient's overall health and to grade obesity based on simple criteria obtained from medical history, physical examination and standard diagnostic tests.
How to use a Food Diary
Many of us often eat in response to emotional or other triggers. It can be helpful to note whether the eating is in response to an emotion (such as boredom, sadness or frustration), or related to other activities (such as watching television, being around others who are eating). Adding a record of emotions and activities to a food diary can help to identify triggers for eating other than hunger
    file: CON_HtKaFoodDiary_8.5x11.pdf
Daily Calorie Needs
Click on the link below to estimate Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR multiplied by the Activity Cofactor  will give an estimate of the Daily Calorie Needs.

Daily Calorie Needs is the amount of energy it takes to live a normal day (work, mild movement).

Multiply BMR by the Activity Co-factor (Sedentary -x1.2, Moderate activity -x1.5, Very active -x1.9)

Example to calculate Daily Calorie Needs: 1700 cal (BMR) x 1.2 (Activity cofactor-sedentary) = 2040 calories

Framingham Risk
Click on the link below to estimate risk prediction for the risk of various cardiovascular disease outcomes.
How to use a Pedometer
It is better to do a little bit than nothing at all. You should never be disappointed if you are not able to get to10,000 steps per day. You will reach your goals at your own pace.
    file: CON_HtKaPedometer.pdf
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Weight-control Information Network (NIDDK)
The Weight-control Information Network is an information service of the National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (USA). It provides up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues including statistics about overweight and obesity.
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