Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 730–732

Causes of obesity


DOI: 10.1007/s00261-012-9862-x

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Wright, S.M. & Aronne, L.J. Abdom Radiol (2012) 37: 730. doi:10.1007/s00261-012-9862-x


The prevalence of obesity has been rising steadily over the last several decades and is currently at unprecedented levels: more than 68% of US adults are considered overweight, and 35% are obese (Flegal et al., JAMA 303:235–241, 2010). This increase has occurred across every age, sex, race, and smoking status, and data indicate that segments of individuals in the highest weight categories (i.e., BMI > 40 kg/m2) have increased proportionately more than those in lower BMI categories (BMI < 35 kg/m2). The dramatic rise in obesity has also occurred in many other countries, and the causes of this increase are not fully understood (Hill and Melanson, Med Sci Sports Exerc 31:S515–S521, 1999).


ObesityEtiologyWeight managementCauses of obesityBariatric surgery

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Comprehensive Weight Control ProgramWeill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA