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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

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Obesity Epidemiology

Frank B. Hu

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by reviewing current evidence on the relationship between obesity and coronary heart disease (CHD), paying special attention to the effects of moderate overweight, body fat distribution, weight change, and the relative importance of excess adiposity and physical activity. It then considers evidence regarding obesity and other cardiovascular conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF), atrial fibrillation (AF), and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Methodological issues related to “obesity paradox” are discussed.

Keywords:   obesity research, body mass index, heart disease, body fat, cardiovascular risk factors

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