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released: 2 Dec 2004 author: AIHW media release

The Relationship Between Overweight, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease presents the latest evidence linking excess body weight with cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure and their associated risk factors. Published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, this report is a valuable resource for the broader community as well as policy makers, health professionals and researchers interested in cardiovascular health.

ISSN 1323-9236; ISBN 978 1 74024 427 5; Cat. no. CVD 29; 78pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title page and verso
    • Preface
    • Contributors
    • Acknowledgements
  • Sections
    1. Summary
      1. Evidence relating to major biomedical risk factors
      2. Evidence relating to cardiovascular disease
    2. Introduction
      1. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australia
      2. The problem of cardiovascular disease
      3. Aim of this review
      4. Structure of the report
    3. Methods
      1. Measures of body weight
      2. Scope
      3. Literature identification
      4. Appraising and summarising the strength of evidence
    4. The association between excess body weight and other major established biomedical CVD risk factors
      1. Atherosclerosis
      2. High blood pressure
      3. High blood cholesterol
      4. Type 2 diabetes
    5. The association between overweight and obesity and CVD
      1. Overweight and obesity and risk of CVD
      2. Overweight and obesity and risk of specific CVDs
      3. Australian studies
      4. Relative risks
      5. Strength of evidence
    6. Conclusions
      1. Summary of evidence
      2. Further research
  • End Matter
    • Appendix A: References
    • Appendix B: Lists of included studies
    • Abbreviations
    • Glossary

Recommended citation

AIHW 2004. The relationship between overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease: a literature review prepared for the National Heart Foundation Australia. Cardiovascular disease series no. 23. Cat. no. CVD 29. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467667>.