Obesity and fracture in men and women: An epidemiologic perspective

Carrie Nielson, Priya Srikanth, Eric S. Orwoll

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In Western societies, mean body weight has increased dramatically in older people, and a similar trend exists in Asia. Yet insufficient attention has been directed to the problem of osteoporotic fractures in the overweight and obese. Many, if not most, osteoporotic fractures occur in overweight or obese people, and obese men may be particularly susceptible. We discuss the potential implications of these findings, including the challenge of identifying individuals at highest risk, screening and treatment strategies, and future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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