Epidemiology of Obesity and Hypertension

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What type of relationships have been reported between obesity and mortality in epidemiologic studies?

J-shaped, U-shaped, and linear relationships

What is the primary factor that contributes to pathological obesity?

Excess calories intake

What is a challenge in analyzing the relationship between BMI and mortality?

Methodological challenges

Which of the following indices is derived from the Quetelet index?

Ponderal index

Which of the following cancers is NOT associated with obesity?

Lung cancer

What is the range of BMI values considered 'normal' for women, according to the US insurance mortality data analysis?


What is the name of the multilevel pathway model that explains the causes of excess weight gain and obesity?

WHO/Hooper model

What is the term used to describe the excess mortality associated with obesity?

Excess mortality

What is the ultimate goal of obesity research?

To prevent and treat obesity

Which of the following is NOT a component of the ecological paradigm for obesity?


What is the primary takeaway from the studies on obesity and mortality?

The relationship between obesity and mortality is complex and controversial

Who first assessed the relationship between body size and population in 1835?


What is the target for noncommunicable diseases regarding hypertension by 2025?

To reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 25% compared to 2010 baseline

What is the proportion of the disease burden of hypertension that affects low and middle-income countries?


What is the effect of obesity on HRQoL according to the majority of studies conducted in general population samples?

Deleterious effects on HRQoL across multiple dimensions

What is a key risk factor for cardiovascular diseases mentioned in the text?


Who first raised the link between high blood pressure and the increased risk of death in the early 20th century?

Actuarial scientists

Study Notes

Global Secular Trends in Obesity

  • Between 1980 and 2008, there was a significant increase in obesity rates globally, with a higher prevalence in males compared to females.
  • Childhood obesity has become an epidemic, with severe consequences on health.

Consequences of Obesity

  • Metabolic consequences: obesity is associated with metabolic syndrome, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Cardiovascular consequences: obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, including cardiovascular complications.
  • Cancer consequences: obesity is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, postmenopausal female breast cancer, endometrial cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal adenocarcinoma, gastric cardia cancer, pancreatic cancer, and gall bladder cancer.
  • Mortality: obesity is associated with a higher risk of mortality, although the relationship between BMI and mortality is controversial.

Epidemiology of Obesity and Hypertension

  • Aetiology and pathogenesis: obesity is caused by an interplay between environmental, genetic, and epigenetic factors, including a sedentary lifestyle, excess caloric intake, and genetic predisposition.
  • Distribution, determinants, and trends: obesity is a global problem, with a higher prevalence in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Spectrum of disease: obesity is associated with a range of health problems, including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • BMI is a useful tool for assessing obesity, with a range of 19.1-24.6 for women and 19.7-24.9 for men considered normal.
  • BMI is a variant of the Quetelet index, which was first used in 1835 to assess body size.

Aetiology of Obesity

  • Ecological paradigm: obesity is caused by a range of factors, including host factors (genetics, behaviors, attitudes), vectors (energy-dense foods, large portion sizes), and environmental variables (physical, sociocultural, political economic).
  • Multilevel pathway model: obesity is caused by a complex interplay between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

Obesity and Health-Related Quality of Life

  • Obesity is associated with a lower health-related quality of life, with negative effects on physical, emotional, and social functioning.

Policy Strategy for Obesity Prevention

  • The WHO recommends a policy strategy for obesity prevention, including a range of domains, including education, environment, and healthcare.


  • Hypertension is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with a higher prevalence in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The global target is to reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 25% by 2025 compared to 2010 baseline.

This quiz covers the epidemiology of obesity and hypertension, including the aetiology, pathogenesis, distribution, determinants, and trends of the diseases. It also explores the management and prevention of obesity, as well as contemporary research in the field.

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