Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM) - Abstract

 Volume 3, Number 1, Page 1 - 4

The obesity paradox in chronic disease: facts and numbers

Mitja Lainscak, Stephan von Haehling, Wolfram Doehner and Stefan D. Anker

Body size, particularly large, is a matter of concern among the lay public. Whether this is justified depends upon the state of health and should be judged individually. For patients with established chronic disease, there is sufficient evidence to support the benefits of large body size, i.e., the obesity paradox. This uniform finding is shared over a variety of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal diseases and is counterintuitive to the current concepts on ideal body weight. The scientific community has to increase the awareness about differences for optimal body size in health and disease. Simultaneously, clinicians have to be aware about body weight dynamics implications and should interpret the changes in the context of an underlying disease in order to implement the best available management.

Lainscak M., von Haehling S., Doehner W. and Anker S.D. The obesity paradox in chronic disease: facts and numbers. J Cachex Sarcopenia Muscle 2012;1:1-4.