ARTHUR FRANK, M.D.
To the editor: In a recent editorial West (1) raises the freqently discussed question on the role that inactivity has in the genesis of obesity. He notes that some "persons with mild obesity often eat no more than the nonobese, and the most likely explanation is that physical indolence frequently plays a major role in mild obesity."
In the absence of any alternate explanation, the paradox of the careful, compliant, active, and honest obese patient has routinely been explained by the declaration of the failure of one of these attributes. Indolence is often blamed, even for patients who appear to
FRANK A. Causes for Obesity. Ann Intern Med. ;93:934–935. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-6-934_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(6):934-935.
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