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Obesity association clarifies definitions of obesity and links with drug firms

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:44
  1. Neville Rigby (, director of policy and public affairs
  1. International Association for the Study of Obesity, London NW1 2NS

    EDITOR—Your reports referring to childhood obesity definitions in the USA and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) contained errors.1 2 The task force is part of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), this year celebrating its 20th anniversary as the body uniting researchers, clinicians, health professionals, and others concerned with obesity worldwide.

    The IOTF has no role in the childhood obesity expert group convened by the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Health Resources and Services …

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