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Title: Obesity paradox' misunderstands the biology of optimal weight throughout the life cycle
Authors: Dixon, J.B.
Egger, G.J.
Finkelstein, E.A. 
Kral, J.G.
Lambert, G.W.
Issue Date: 10-Jan-2015
Citation: Dixon, J.B., Egger, G.J., Finkelstein, E.A., Kral, J.G., Lambert, G.W. (2015-01-10). Obesity paradox' misunderstands the biology of optimal weight throughout the life cycle. International Journal of Obesity 39 (1) : 82-84. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The 'obesity paradox' refers to observations that run counter to the thesis that normal weight (BMI 18.5-24.9 kg/m2) provides the lowest mortality and higher weight is associated with greater mortality. We argue that the weight of lowest mortality is influenced by aging and chronic disease, with mortality advantage extending into the overweight and even class I obese ranges under some circumstances. A focus on quality nutrition, physical activity, fitness, and maintaining function in these weight ranges may be preferable to a focus on intentional weight loss, which has uncertain effects. The 'obesity paradox' is no 'paradox' if one defines and interprets 'ideal' weight appropriately.International Journal of Obesity advance online publication, 20 May 2014; doi:10.1038/ijo.2014.59.
Source Title: International Journal of Obesity
ISSN: 03070565
DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2014.59
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