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Editor's Correspondence
August 8/22, 2005

Can the Obesity Paradox Be Explained by the Protective Effects of Peripheral Adiposity?

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(15):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.15.1796-b

The study by Curtis et al1(p55) reported interesting data from the Digitalis Investigation Group trial indicating that,

In a cohort of outpatients with established HF [heart failure], higher BMIs [body mass indexes; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters] were associated with lower mortality risks; overweight and obese patients had lower risk of death compared with those at a healthy weight.

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