Obesity related illness: Beware swallowing whole

Veerman, J. Lennert and Barendregt, Jan J. (2010) Obesity related illness: Beware swallowing whole. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 341 7783: 1119-1119. doi:10.1136/bmj.c6660

Author Veerman, J. Lennert
Barendregt, Jan J.
Title Obesity related illness: Beware swallowing whole
Journal name BMJ: British Medical Journal
ISSN 0959-535X
Publication date 2010-11-27
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1136/bmj.c6660
Volume 341
Issue 7783
Start page 1119
End page 1119
Total pages 1
Editor Fiona Godlee
Place of publication London, U.K
Publisher BMJ Group
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The BMJ news section reported on a working paper of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which concluded that genes rather than environmental factors play the most important role in obesity, “contrary to conventional wisdom.” This would explain why dieting, exercise, and drugs seem to provide only temporary reductions in body mass: such interventions don’t change genes.

However, the authors should think twice before concluding that everybody else is wrong. The evidence against this proposition is the dramatic increase in obesity prevalence over the past 30 years.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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