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April 23, 2007

Obesity, Disability, and MortalityA Puzzling Link

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(8):750-751. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.8.750

Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.—Falstaff, in William Shakespeare's Henry IV (Part 1), Act III

The idea that obesity and frailty are connected is not new. More than 400 years ago, Shakespeare masterfully expressed this concept with Falstaff's words. However, as new scientific evidence for a direct causal pathway between obesity and frailty accumulates, we need to begin a dialogue on the consequences for the aging population of the marked escalation in obesity witnessed over the past 25 years.

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