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Hypertension and Obesity

  • J. G. Wechsler
  • H. Ditschuneit

Abstract

According to the 1976 nutrition report by the German Association for Nutrition,29 56% of the male and 47% of the female population in the Federal Republic of Germany are at least 15% overweight by the Broca scale.* While it is almost unanimously accepted today that excess weight is the consequence of a positive caloric balance,18,63 the causes leading to this disturbance of the caloric balance in the obese but not in the normal-weight person are unknown.19 There are no doubts on the correlation of an increased morbidity and mortality rate with excess weight.44,70 S. von Basch pointed out the frequent coincidence of overweight and elevated blood pressure as early as 1893.7 Numerous epidemiologic studies show hypertension to be one of the first-order risk factors for atherosclerotic diseases.100a

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Blood Pressure Obese Patient Excess Weight Skinfold Thickness Blood Pressure Reading 
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