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Overweight and Obesity Are Risk Factors for COPD Misdiagnosis and OvertreatmentHigh BMI and COPD

Frits M. E. Franssen, MD, PhD
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From the CIRO+, Center of Expertise for Chronic Organ Failure, Horn, The Netherlands.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Frits M. E. Franssen, MD, PhD, Department of Research and Education, CIRO+, Center of Expertise for Chronic Organ Failure, Hornerheide 1, 6085 NM Horn, The Netherlands; e-mail: fritsfranssen@ciro-horn.nl


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Chest. 2014;146(6):1426-1428. doi:10.1378/chest.14-1308
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Overweight and obesity are major public health problems around the world. Despite global efforts and actions for their prevention and control, the prevalence of these conditions is rising and expected to increase even further in the next decades. Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 indicated that the number of adults with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013,1 corresponding with 37% of adult men and 38% of adult women. In 2010, high BMI was ranked sixth in the risk factors for global burden of disease, accounting for almost 3.5 million deaths per year.2

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