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Senators call for action on obesity as study quantifies link to heart failure

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:298
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A large US study has quantified the greatly increased risk of heart failure caused by obesity and overweight.

    Nearly two thirds (61%) of adults and 13% of children in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the report, and its authors and three senators have called for programmes to promote optimal body weight.

    Nearly five million Americans a year have heart failure. Previous studies showed that only extreme obesity, not lesser degrees of obesity and overweight, was a risk factor. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine …

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