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  1. F M E Franssen,
  2. A M W J Schols
  1. University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  1. Dr A M W J Schols, PO Box 5800, Maastricht, The Netherlands; a.schols{at}

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We welcome the comments of van den Bemt et al regarding our review on obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Their careful analysis of a large Dutch primary care population of COPD provides further evidence for an increased prevalence of obesity in patients with early-stage COPD. According to their data, about 17% of the patients in GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) stage II are obese vs 11% in a healthy Dutch population.1 The prevalence of a body mass index …

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