Evaluation of Nutritional Status

Here are a few reasons to consider asking for an evaluation of your nutritional status: 

1. Are you suffering from vague symptoms that are making you miserable but all testing that has been done says 'you're fine?'

2. Do you have an undesirable body weight, with a BMI (a measure of someone's weight in relation to height) of 25 or higher that could contribute to chronic disorders such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease?

3. Do you suffer from chronic headaches, unexplained body rashes, fatigue, irritible bowel syndrom, unexplained food intolerance issues or on-going stomach/abdominal discomfort?

4. Do you suspect you have a nutritional deficiency? 

5. Have  you been diagnosed with a fatty liver or arthritis?  

Evaluating an individual's general nutritional status includes taking a medical history, and performing a physical examination that includes measuring height and weight, and looking at the distribution of body fat. Body composition analysis is used to estimate the percentage of body fat and to evaluate obesity.

In some cases, specific medical and nutritional testing will be suggested..