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Indiana State Department of Health

Program Areas > Obesity and Overweight Prevention > Obesity/Overweight Fact Sheet > Adult Fact Questions Adult Fact Questions

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What should I do if I think I am overweight and/or obese?

  1. Consult licensed professionals including family physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or registered dietitians for evaluation and information.
  2. Be prepared to ask good questions when I visit my doctor, nurse practitioner, and/or registered dietitians (This list of questions is just a good starting point for discussion. It is not a comprehensive list*)
    • What is my BMI?
    • What health risks are associated with being overweight and/or obese?
    • As I get older it seems like it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to lose it. Why? Are there ways to prevent this slow age- related weight gain?
    • Do overweight and/or obesity run in families? What can I do to make sure that my kids don't have this problem?
    • What is Metabolic Syndrome? How can I tell if I have it?
    • Does Metabolic Syndrome run in families?
    • What is the best way for me to lose weight?
    • Are low carbohydrate diets, like the Atkins diet or the South Beach diet, effective methods for weight loss? What about the low fat diet?
    • Do I have to exercise? Is any type of exercise best? How much exercise is necessary?
  3. I should not go on a diet and/or start an exercise program without first having my doctor check my health and make any appropriate recommendations.