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Does being overweight affect everyone's health the same way?

Abby Ellin
Nutrition & Dietetics
“Our knowledge of weight and weight-related disorders has become so sophisticated that it’s no longer believed that everyone who is overweight is the same,” says pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Henry Anhalt of Maimonides. “Some people are morbidly overweight who are not affected from their weight. They compensate quite nicely--normal blood pressure. Do they need to lose weight? We don’t really know. Not all obesity is the same; patients need to be studied before it’s determined whether they’re high, low, or middle risk.”
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