Author Affiliations: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), CHUV and Faculty of Biology and Medicine, Lausanne, Switzerland (Drs Marques-Vidal and Paccaud); and Nutrition and Metabolism Unit, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal (Dr Ravasco).
We read with interest the article by Post et al1 on diagnosis and management of overweight and obesity in the US population. We conducted a similar study on the diagnosis and treatment of obesity in the Portuguese population using self-reported data from the National Health Survey conducted between February 2005 and January 2006 (participation rate, 76%).2 Dietary intake and physical activity (in a subsample) were also assessed. Data were provided by the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics (http://www.ine.pt).
Marques-Vidal P, Paccaud F, Ravasco P. Underdiagnosed and Undertreated: Obesity in the Portuguese Population. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(16):1511-1512. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.380