Obesity: Comments on Epidemiology

  • Frederick H. Epstein
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


Obesity is said to be a major cause of ill-health, i.e., a public health problem, in developed countries and, if this is true, developing countries would gradually become similarly affected. An attempt will be made to show that obesity presents indeed a serious health hazard but is not — as often suggested nowadays — the predominant and singly most important health problem in industrialized societies.


Weight Reduction Total Mortality Gallbladder Disease Population Attributable Risk Important Health Problem 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick H. Epstein
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  1. 1.Inst. of Social and Preventive MedicineUniv. of ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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