The ABCD of Obesity: An EASO Position Statement on a Diagnostic Term with Clinical and Scientific Implications

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Fruhbeck G., Busetto L., Dicker D., Yumuk V. D. , Goossens G. H. , Hebebrand J., ...Daha Fazla

OBESITY FACTS, cilt.12, sa.2, ss.131-136, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 12 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1159/000497124
  • Dergi Adı: OBESITY FACTS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.131-136


Obesity is a frequent, serious, complex, relapsing, and chronic disease process that represents a major public health problem. The coining of obesity as an adiposity-based chronic disease (ABCD) is of particular relevance being in line with EASO's proposal to improve the International Classification of Diseases ICD-11 diagnostic criteria for obesity based on three dimensions, namely etiology, degree of adiposity, and health risks. The body mass index as a unique measurement of obesity does not reflect the whole complexity of the disease. Obesity complications are mainly determined by 2 pathological processes, i.e., physical forces (fat mass disease) as well as endocrine and immune responses (sick fat disease), which are embedded in a cultural and physical context leading to a specific ABCD stage. (c) 2019 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel