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June 24, 2009

Economic Conditions and Obesity

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2546-2547. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.869

To the Editor: In their Commentary on obesity and the economy, Drs Ludwig and Pollack1 provided some useful suggestions for reducing obesity by taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the global financial crisis. However, their major premise—that obesity will increase in the current economic downturn—is unsupported by existing data. This is often missed by health experts but is of epidemiological significance.

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