Obesity and mortality: summary of best evidence with explanations for the obesity paradox

Logue, J. and Sattar, N. (2010) Obesity and mortality: summary of best evidence with explanations for the obesity paradox. Heart and Metabolism, 48, pp. 11-13.

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Abstract

The link between obesity and increased risk of mortality is well established. However, those who are obese have greater survival when they have chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or cardiac failure; this is known as the ‘‘obesity paradox’’. The obesity paradox is most probably attributable to obese individuals being more susceptible to milder forms of disease than normal-weight individuals, although other mechanisms may also operate. The benefits of weight loss in the general population are also unclear, as some study participants also lose weight through disease. Further work is required to help guide weight recommendations in both healthy individuals and those with chronic diseases.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Logue, Dr Jennifer and Sattar, Professor Naveed
Authors: Logue, J., and Sattar, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Heart and Metabolism
Publisher:Les Laboratoires Servier
ISSN:1566-0338

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