Obesity is a communicable disease


  • Sanjay Kalra Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, India; University Center for Research & Development, Chandigarh University, Mohali, India
  • Madhur Verma Department of Family and Community Medicine, AIIMS, Bathinda, India
  • Nitin Kapoor Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; Non communicable disease unit, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia




Obesity has multiple causes and correlates. Usually studied as a metabolic and endocrine disease, with mechanical and musculoskeletal comorbidities, obesity also has a communicable angle to it. Obesity can be considered a communicable disease from the conventional point of view, as it is associated with viral etiology in animal and human models. It is also associated with increased prevalence and worse prognosis of infectious diseases. Not only that, obesity is a ‘socially communicable’ disease, as it ‘spreads’ amongst people living in similar environments.

Keywords: Communicable disease, infectious disease, obesity, overweight, public health



How to Cite

Sanjay Kalra, Madhur Verma, & Nitin Kapoor. (2024). Obesity is a communicable disease. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 74(4), 820–821. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.24-29




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