Obesity and Weight Management

Elsevier has created the Obesity Healthcare Hub to help healthcare professionals address the obesity crisis. Here you will find clinical resources focused on the latest evidence-based practices for obesity, as well as tools to engage in supportive conversations with your patients.

Clinical Overviews


Obese, Adult

Obesity in adults


Obesity is an excess of body fat; in clinical practice, this is estimated by the relationship between height and weight (ie, BMI), taking into account age, ethnicity, fluid status, and muscularity

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obesity children

Obesity in children


Obesity refers to an excess of body fat; estimated clinically by the relationship between height and weight, taking into account the age and sex of the children

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What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the obesity epidemic?

Nursing Skills

Body Mass Index (BMI) Measurement (Ambulatory)


BMI provides an estimation of body fat, resulting in a numeric score. The BMI is calculated by a formula using weight in kilograms and height in meters squared.

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Patient Positioning: Obese Patients (Perioperative)


Correctly positioning the patient for an operative or invasive procedure requires the perioperative team to be aware of the physiologic effects of the position that the patient is placed in for the procedure.

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Bariatric Patients: Intraoperative Care (Perioperative)


Many issues and obstacles are involved in caring for a patient who is obese. The goals of bariatric surgery are to provide sustained weight loss, reversal of comorbidities, and improved quality of life.

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Editors' blog

Video Education

Patient Education

Bariatric Surgery Information


Bariatric surgery is a procedure that helps you lose weight. Your health care provider may suggest it if you are severely obese and unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or have health problems related to obesity.

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Exercising to Lose Weight


Exercise is structured, repetitive physical activity to improve fitness and health. To lose weight, most people need to do a certain amount of moderate-intensity or vigorous-intensity exercise each week.

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Healthy Eating


Following a healthy eating pattern may help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and live a long and productive life.

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Obesity, Adult


Obesity is the condition of having too much total body fat. Being overweight or obese means that your weight is greater than what is considered healthy for your body size. Obesity is determined by a measurement called BMI.

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Obesity, Pediatric


Being obese means that the child's weight is greater than what is considered healthy compared to other children of the same age, gender, and height. For children, a BMI that is greater than 95 percent of boys or girls of the same age is considered obese.

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