Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

New data challenge the obesity paradox with regard to CVD morbidity and longevity

Association of Body Mass Index With Lifetime Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Compression of Morbidity

Literature - Khan SS, Ning H, Wilkins JT, et al. - JAMA Cardiol 2018; published online ahead of print

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Overweight and obese individuals have a significantly increased long-term risk for CVD morbidity, a similar or shorter total longevity, and a greater proportion of life lived with morbidity compared with individuals with a normal BMI. These findings challenge the view that overweight is associated with greater longevity compared with normal BMI.


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