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Weight loss will be much faster in lean than in obese hunger strikers

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:707
  1. I N Scobie, Consultant physician
  1. Medway Hospital, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5NY

    EDITOR—Peel's editorial article on hunger strikers draws attention to an area of pathophysiology that few doctors will be familiar with.1 There is an extensive literature on the normal physiological response to fasting and pathological events that may occur during prolonged therapeutic starvation, a treatment for morbid obesity that has largely been abandoned because of lack of long term success …

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