ELLA ROBERTS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Exogenous obesity is a constant problem in medical practice, and often a serious one. According to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company,1 persons only 15 to 24 per cent overweight have a death rate 44 per cent higher than normal, and for those 25 per cent or more overweight, the death rate shows an increase to 174 per cent. In certain conditions which are frequently characterized by obesity, the statistics are even more appalling. Overweight diabetics, compared with those of normal weight, for example, have a death rate of 257 per cent higher than normal.
While a fair number of overweight
ROBERTS E. THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY WITH AN ANOREXIGENIC DRUG1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:1324–1330. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-6-1324
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