CLIFFORD F. GASTINEAU, M.D.; EDWARD H. RYNEARSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although the dangers and handicaps imposed by obesity have been enumerated by many writers, the seriousness of this disease is not fully appreciated. It is easy to shrug off "a few pounds of overweight" as something of little consequence, but in doing so the physician is ignoring what is perhaps his best chance to lengthen the life and diminish future illnesses of his patient. Statisticians have pointed out the increase in deaths from the degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease,1 and the implication has been that medicine is approaching a point of diminishing returns, that increasing efforts
GASTINEAU CF, RYNEARSON EH. OBESITY1. Ann Intern Med. ;27:883–897. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-6-883
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