Should obesity be treated?

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1442 (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1442

Patients with sleep apnoea should be treated

  1. Ashley Woodcock,
  2. Patricia Stone
  1. Consultant respiratory physician, Staff grade physician, Sleep Laboratory, North West Lung Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT.

    EDITOR,—We believe that there are two further aspects to the problem of whether obesity should be treated.1 Firstly, conditions in which obesity is life threatening and not just a marginal statistical risk must be considered. We frequently see patients with the obesity hypoventilation syndrome and respiratory failure. In these dangerously obese patients weight loss is critical if life expectancy is …

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