UC Irvine kidney expert discusses the 'obesity paradox'

August 14, 2014

IN THE NEWS: Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh and his research about the "obesity paradox" were profiled in the Easy Reader News:

Recent findings by Kalantar-Zadeh and some of his colleagues have landed him square in the middle of an “obesity paradox,” which is the subject of sometimes heated debate among physicians, researchers and public health officials.

The controversial paradox concept, cheerfully defended by Kalantar-Zadeh, goes like this: While obesity is a clear cause of many serious illnesses, once people become seriously ill, obesity may be just the thing to save them from death.

On top of that, the paradox defenders say, obesity might be helping healthy people live longer than their “normal-weight” counterparts.

Kalantar-Zadeh, of Rancho Palos Verdes, is a physician-researcher who divides his time between seeing patients, teaching medicine and public health at UC Irvine, and conducting research through the highly regarded Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Kalantar-Zadeh is chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

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