STANLEY M. GARN; MENARD M. GERTLER; SAMUEL A. LEVINE, F.A.C.P.; PAUL D. WHITE, F.A.C.P.
A number of authors have concluded that "overweight," as variously defined, was common among patients who died at a relatively early age of cardiac disorders.1, 2 In general, their conclusions have been drawn from studies where the weight of the patients was compared to insurance company standards3 or to inductee standards.4 However, more recent studies have not verified the belief that weight elevated over optimal weight is by itself morbidogenic. Levy et al. concluded that "overweight alone did not increase to a significant degree the death rate with cardiovascular renal diseases."5
In reviewing many of these studies, it was noticed
GARN SM, GERTLER MM, LEVINE SA, WHITE PD. BODY WEIGHT VERSUS WEIGHT STANDARDS IN CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE AND A HEALTHY GROUP1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:1416–1420. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-6-1416
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(6):1416-1420.
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