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Editor's Correspondence
Sep 12, 2011

Underdiagnosed and Undertreated: Obesity in the Portuguese Population

Author Affiliations

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).

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(16):1511-1512. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.380

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).

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