Medical Indications for Weight Reduction

  • Charles P. Lucas
Part of the Sports Medicine and Health Science book series (SMHS)


Men and women who are above average weight have an increased likelihood of dying at a younger age than people of average weight. Table 1, taken from the 1979 Build and Blood Pressure Study of the Society of Actuaries [1], describes this relationship, constructed from data on nearly 100,000 insured deaths. Men in the bracket 15% below to 5% above average weight have a relative risk less than the population average of 100. Between 15–25% above average weight, the risk for men is 117, rising to 186 when weight is 55–65% above average. For women who weigh 15% below to 5% above average, the risk is also less than 100, while in the group 45–55% above average weight, the risk increases to 130. These data thus indicate that men are more adversely affected by obesity than women.


Insulin Resistance Weight Reduction Insulin Binding Medical Indication Fasting Hyperglycemia 
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