Published: 13 April 2024
Author(s): Paolo Sbraccia
Issue: May 2024
Section: Commentary

The recognition of obesity as a chronic disease is increasingly gaining consensus within the scientific community, supported by mounting evidence of its significant impact on overall morbidity and mortality [1]. Nevertheless, obesity remains akin to "Cinderella" among diseases in terms of cardiovascular risk stratification, which is more firmly established for conditions like hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and diabetes. This disparity stems mostly from the current definition of obesity primarily relying on the body mass index (BMI), a measure that, while valuable for epidemiological studies, lacks detailed information regarding both the amount and the distribution of fat and overall health status.


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