Reverse Causation

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In the context of obesity and mortality studies, Reverse Causation refers to factors that appear to simultaneously increase mortality rate and decrease body weight. Such factors include smoking, serious illnesses and advanced aging. Reverse causation has been hypothesized to account for the elevated mortality rate observed at the low end of the BMI continuum. Reverse Causation is a special case of confounding in obesity and mortality studies.


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