The obesity epidemic and its cardiovascular consequences.

  title={The obesity epidemic and its cardiovascular consequences.},
  author={Agnieszka Behn and Ehud Ur},
  journal={Current opinion in cardiology},
  volume={21 4},
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Obesity has reached global epidemic proportions because of an increasingly obesogenic environment. This review examines the association between obesity, and in particular visceral fat, as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS The World Health Organization defines obesity based on the body mass index. Recently the waist-to-hip ratio has been shown to be a significantly stronger predictor of cardiovascular events than body mass index. The… CONTINUE READING


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