As the incidence of obesity continues to increase, all areas of medicine will encounter more patients with obesity-related complications. The dermatologist will be faced with trying to treat leg ulcers and infections due to lymphoedema, diabetes and venous disease. Intertrigo and fungal infections may present more frequently to clinics and cases of psoriasis may increase both in frequency and in difficulty in treating. Dermatological opinion may be sought in trying to reduce the appearance of striae or cellulite for cosmetic purposes. As far as the rarer dermatological conditions go, MM may become more frequent, but the dermatologist will also be expected to identify the rarer diseases associated with obesity. The public health message of weight loss may also become a more important part of a dermatologist's role than at present.
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The British Journal of Dermatology. 2011;165(4):743-750. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing
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