The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk is pleased to offer you complimentary access to a special edition of MD Conference Express: the official peer-reviewed highlights report on the 2nd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity 2011. The topics selected for this special edition were determined in direct consultation with the ICAO scientific steering committee. All articles were written strictly from primary source data, and results presented have been verified and validated through a rigorous process of peer-review. We hope you enjoy this special edition of MD Conference Express and find it to be useful to your practice.