[Effect of eating habits on morbidity in 645 patients at a specialized clinic]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1985 Dec 7;115(49):1770-2.
[Article in French]


Among 645 obese patients examined at an out-patient clinic for obese patients by physical examination and a computerized questionnaire, two subgroups of patients could be identified according to their nutritional preferences: 177 patients preferred carbohydrates exclusively (group A) and 73 patients fat exclusively (group B). No definite preferences were formulated by the other patients. Among patients under 25 years, only 3 belonged to group B and 49 to group A, while in older patients no significant differences were found. Among patients with BMI less than 30, there were significantly fewer patients from group B than from group A (p = 0.006), while in patients with BMI greater than 30 no significant difference was observed. There were significantly more men in group B than in group A. 57% of the patients of group B complained of physical symptoms related to their obesity, compared to 37% in group A (p = 0.006). 26% of group B suffered from joints and muscles compared to 13% of group A (p = 0.003). Hyperglycemia (greater than 5,6 mmol/l) was found in 21% of group A and in 40% of group B (p less than 0.005). Hypercholesterolemia (greater than 6.5 mmol/l) was found in 20% of group A and in 32% of group B (p less than 0.05). In conclusion, obese patients who prefer fat have more general symptoms related to obesity, more abnormal physical signs, and more frequently have hyperglycemia and hypercholesterolemia than patients who prefer carbohydrates.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Dietary Carbohydrates*
  • Dietary Fats*
  • Female
  • Food Preferences*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity
  • Obesity / complications*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fats
  • Cholesterol