Journal of Molecular Medicine

, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 1–3 | Cite as

A fat attack occurred in fat city

  • Friedrich C. Luft
Clinical Implications

Obesity has become a, if not the, major worldwide health risk problem. Cardiovascular disease is the commonest cause of death worldwide. The driving forces are arterial hypertension and diabetes. These two risk factors are mediated by a tremendous increase in obesity that affects all countries. In North America, the numbers of overweight {body mass index [BMI; body weight (kg)/height (m2)] >25} and obese (BMI >30) exceed those of normal BMI or below, who now constitute a minority! The Europeans, Asians, Africans, South Americans, and other populations are only shortly removed from this state of affairs. The implications are phenomenal and include a decreasing life expectancy for all-cause mortality related to increasing obesity across all populations [1]. The 4th International Symposium on Obesity and Hypertension was held in Berlin on 27–29 Oct 2005. This loosely connected group of investigators is particularly interested in the cardiovascular implications of obesity. Scientists from...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Franz Volhard Clinic, HELIOS Kliniken Berlin, Medical Faculty of the CharitéHumboldt UniversityBerlin-BuchGermany

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