Patient's appearance is sufficient to arrive at a diagnosis in
most cases. Obesity is determined based on an individual's
body mass index (calculated with reference to the person's
height and weight).
The following are the most common symptoms that indicate an adolescent is obese. However, the patient's appearance is sufficient to arrive at a diagnosis in most cases, determined by the persons BMI (body mass index) depending on weight to height, though each adolescent may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:-
doing daily activities.
Disproportionate facial features
Breast region adiposity - (sagging fat cells) in boys
Big belly (abdomen), sometimes marked with white or purple blemishes
Male external genitalia may appear disproportionately small
Early arrival of puberty
Flabby fat in the upper arms and thighs
Knock-knees (Genu valgum) is common
The symptoms of obesity may resemble other medical problems or conditions. Psychological disturbances are also very common as well as stress, social pressure and doing developmental chores. Always consult your adolescent's doctor for a diagnosis.