To the Editor: To compute the fraction of mortality
attributed to specific behaviors relating to poor diet and overweight, Dr
Mokdad and colleagues1 estimated the annual
deaths due to overweight. We do not understand the authors' conclusion that
the "major impact of poor diet and physical inactivity" would be mediated
by overweight, and we are puzzled by why they cited one of our articles2 to support this assertion. We have 2 concerns about
Blair SN, LaMonte MJ, Nichaman MZ. Modifiable Behavioral Factors as Causes of Death. JAMA. 2004;291(24):2941. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.2942-b
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