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November 8, 2006

Extreme Obesity in Women and Associated Risks

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(18):2205-2206. doi:10.1001/jama.296.18.2205-b

To the Editor: In their stratified analysis of mortality associated with extreme obesity in women, Dr McTigue and colleagues1 demonstrate the increase in cardiovascular risk that is related to increase in body mass index (BMI). They conclude that more precise stratification of health risk by weight “may . . . assist women in making informed decisions about their health.” I question how relevant the precise difference is.