The MMA has recognized obesity as a preventable and treatable disease that is linked to serious chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer. With obesity being second only to tobacco as a cause of preventable death and disease, preventing obesity is a key component of making Minnesota the healthiest state in the nation.
Physicians can help prevent and treat obesity by:
- Calculating each patient's BMI during regular screening exams;
- Following ICSI Guidelines for preventing and treating obesity;
- Telling patients that obesity can be treated; and
- Providing access to medical nutrition, therapy, medications, or surgery.
Adult BMI calculator
Child and Teen BMI Calculator
Obesity diagnosis and treatment
Research and clinical trials
Obesity complications information
Information and brochures for your patients
Books and reference materials
To get involved, contact MMA's Policy Analyst, Juliana Milhofer.