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Comment & Response
September 2018

The Obesity Paradigm and Lifetime Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
  • 2John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 3Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(9):894-895. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.1834

To the Editor We read with interest the article from Khan et al1 in the April 2018 issue of JAMA Cardiology. We applaud the investigators for their study performed in a large cohort demonstrating a strong association between obesity and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). They also describe that being overweight, obese, and morbidly obese resulted in earlier diagnoses of CVD compared with normal-weight individuals, ultimately resulting in less years lived free of CVD.