Does intentional weight loss affect mortality rate?

Kevin R. Fontaine, David B. Allison

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Abstract

Short-term studies indicate that intentional weight loss among obese persons significantly improves physiologic variables. Hence, it is logical to conjecture that intentional weight loss would lead to long-term benefits and increased longevity. Herein, we review recent epidemiologic studies that investigate the weight loss-mortality association using a conservative analytic approach that included distinguishing between intentional and unintentional weight loss, adjusting for potential confounders, and excluding unhealthy subjects. On balance, results indicate that intentional weight loss appears to neither increase nor decrease mortality rate. Discussion focuses on the problems of addressing this important public health question with observational data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Weight Loss
Mortality
Epidemiologic Studies
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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Does intentional weight loss affect mortality rate? / Fontaine, Kevin R.; Allison, David B.

In: Eating Behaviors, Vol. 2, No. 2, 06.2001, p. 87-95.

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Fontaine, Kevin R. ; Allison, David B. / Does intentional weight loss affect mortality rate?. In: Eating Behaviors. 2001 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 87-95.
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