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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015 Mar-Apr;53(2):180-90.

[Skin diseases and obesity].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Servicio de Dermatología, Hospital Universitario Dr. José Eleuterio González, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.


in English, Spanish

Obesity is a public health problem worldwide. It predominates in industrialized countries; however, it is prevalent in all nations. It is defined as a condition of excess adipose tissue and is the result of changes in lifestyle, excessive consumption of energy-dense foods with poor nutritional value, physical inactivity and the reduction of open space where one can practice a sport. Although obesity is associated with multiple diseases, it is important to stress that the metabolic changes caused by it affect skin physiology and play a predisposing factor for the development of skin diseases. Very little has been studied on the impact of obesity on the skin. The purpose of this article is to review the most frequently skin diseases in obesity. Some skin pathologies in obesity are caused by changes in skin physiology, others are related to insulin resistance or constitute an exacerbating factor for dermatitis. This article covers the clinical features of obesity related skin disease and its management.


Dermatoses; Obesity; Skin diseases; Treatment

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