The dermatological consequences of obesity
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2013
© 2013 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 52, Issue 8, pages 927–932, August 2013
How to Cite
Tobin, A.-M., Ahern, T., Rogers, S., Collins, P., O’Shea, D. and Kirby, B. (2013), The dermatological consequences of obesity. International Journal of Dermatology, 52: 927–932. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05624.x
Conflicts of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2013
Obesity is emerging as a global epidemic with at least 300 million people thought to be obese worldwide. This has implications for health professionals including dermatologists. Recent interest has focused on the role of obesity in psoriasis, but obesity is implicated in many dermatoses. Perhaps most worrying is emerging data which suggest that obesity may constitute a risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Its rising incidence ensures that obesity-related skin disease will represent an increasing proportion of dermatologists’ work load. In this article, we review dermatoses associated with obesity and review the epidemiology and treatment for obesity.