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Paradoxical nutritional deficiency in overweight and obesity: the importance of nutrient density

Julie A Pasco, Margaret J Henry, Mark A Kotowicz and Geoffrey C Nicholson
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (1): 44-45.
Published online: 6 July 2009

To the Editor: We read with interest the work presented by Markovic and Natoli, highlighting the importance of recognising the nutrient density of foods in managing overweight and obese patients.1 We present data to support their observation that it should not be assumed that a patient who is overweight or obese has a nutritionally adequate diet.

  • Julie A Pasco
  • Margaret J Henry
  • Mark A Kotowicz
  • Geoffrey C Nicholson

  • Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, Barwon Health, University of Melbourne, Geelong, VIC.


Competing interests:

Our study was supported by funds from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Geelong Region Medical Research Foundation. These sources played no role in the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, or in the writing or publication of our letter.

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