A review of 97 studies found blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, in order of importance, account for about 50% of the increased coronary heart disease risk faced by people with a high BMI, researchers reported in The Lancet. The study team said interventions to reduce these three factors "might address a substantial proportion of the effect of high BMI on cardiovascular disease" and called for new strategies to reduce obesity "so that the full benefits for cardiovascular disease and diabetes reduction can be achieved."

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