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Annals of Internal Medicine, 1985; 103 (6 pt 2):1073-1077.

NIH Consensus Conference Statement,
Health Implications of Obesity.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health.

Conclusion: The evidence is now overwhelming that obesity, defined as excessive storage of energy in the form of fat, has adverse effects on health and longevity. Obesity is clearly associated with hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, NIDDM, and excess of certain cancers and other medical problems. Height and weight tables based on mortality data or the body mass index are helpful measures to determine the presence of obesity and the need for treatment. Thirty-four million adult Americans have a body mass index greater than 27.8 (men) or 27.3 (women). At this level of obesity, which is very close to a weight increase of 20 percent above desirable, treatment is strongly advised. When diabetes, hypertension, or a family history for these diseases is present, treatment will lead to benefits even when lesser degrees of obesity are present.

Obesity research efforts should be directed toward elucidation of biologic markers, factors regulating the regional distribution of fat, studies of energy regulation, and studies utilizing the techniques of anthropology, psychiatry, and the social sciences.
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