A researcher from the University of Alberta and one from the Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, have proposed a new classification system for overweight patients. The Edmonton Obesity Staging System has five stages that classifies patients from those with no symptoms of obesity-related health problems to those have the most severe obesity-related health problems. Hailed as a simpler system than the BMI, the authors of the plan outlined in the International Journal of Obesity will also provide doctors with specific treatment approaches for each stage. Interestingly enough, the same treatment approach applies to each stage; that is to lose weight. Unfortunately, since there has NEVER been an easy or successful formula for losing weight, this new classification system is just another case of mental masturbation. Hey, but at least these researchers got published, right? Now where is that Twinkie I was hiding?