Current knowledge of human obesity has progressed beyond the simple generalizations of the past. Formerly, obesity was considered fully explained by the single adverse behavior of inappropriate eating in the setting of attractive foods. The study of animal models of obesity, biochemical alterations in humans and experimental animals, and the complex interactions of psychosocial and cultural factors that create susceptibility to human obesity indicate that this disease in humans is complex and deeply rooted in biologic systems. Thus, it is almost certain that obesity has multiple causes and that there are different types of obesity.
To assess the health implications
Health Implications of Obesity: National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement. Ann Intern Med. ;103:147–151. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-1-147
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