Knowing yourself

Risk evaluation questionnaire

You are:
A woman
A man
Your BMI is:
Under 25
Between 25 and 29.9
Between 30 and 34.9
Between 35 and 39.9
Higher than 40
Your BMI is normal.
You are overweight.
Warning. You are low-risk obese (class 1).
Warning. You are moderate-risk obese (class 2).
Warning. You are high-risk obese (class 3).
Your waist circumference:
Exceeds 80 cm
Exceeds 94 cm
Your waist circumference exceed 80 cm (31.5"), your health may be at risk.
Your waist circumference exceed 94 cm (37"), your health may be at risk.
Triglycerides?
Yes No
According to the WHO report on obesity, overweight increases the triglyceride levels and multiplies the number of medications. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce triglycerides by 30%. *
High blood pressure?
Yes No
According to the WHO report on obesity, overweight increases hypertension and multiplies the number of medications. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce high blood pressure by 1 to 2 points. *
Diabetes?
Yes No
According to the WHO report on obesity, overweight increases diabetes and multiplies the number of medications. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce fasting blood glucose by 50% and HbA1c by 1%. *
High cholesterol?
Yes No
According to the WHO report on obesity, overweight increases cholesterol and multiplies the number of medications. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by 15% and increase the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) by 8%. *
Osteoarthritis?
Yes No
A 1-point increase in the BMI results in a 15% increase in the risk of osteoarthritis. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce osteoarthritis by 50%.
Pain in the back or joints?
Yes No
In the weight-bearing joints, overweight induces mechanical stress that promotes the appearance and the aggravation of osteoarthritis of the hip, and in greater extend, of the knee. It is important to understand that at each step the knee supports a load 4 times greater than the weight of the body. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce osteoarthritic pain intensity by 50%.
Sleep apnea syndrome?
Yes No
A 10% increase in body weight increases by 6 the risk of having a moderate to severe OSA in the next 4 years. Sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease by 300%. A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce sleep apnea by about 50%.
Hot flashes?
Yes No
A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce hot flashes by 60%.
Heavy legs or leg pain?
Yes No
Overweight can aggravate or even cause chronic venous insufficiency. An adult with a BMI > 27 will have 30% risk of developing varicose veins (Framingham). A weight loss of 10 kg can reduce venous disease by 50%.
Difficulty getting pregnant?
Yes No
A weight loss of 5% can restore natural fertility and improve the response to fertility treatments. (Swiss medical journal www.revred.ch, March 31, 2010)

WARNING

If your BMI or your waist circumference is above the norm, and you also present one or more pathologies, your health may really be at risk. Please talk to your doctor.

INFORMATION

A simple weight loss of 10 kg can greatly improve your health. It may help with all these pathologies and potentially limit your medication consumption.