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Related to obesity-hypoventilation syndrome: Pickwick syndrome
obesity-hypoventilation syndromePickwick syndrome, see there.
pick·wick·i·an syn·drome(pik-wik'ē-ăn sin'drōm)
A combination of severe, grotesque obesity, somnolence, and general debility, theoretically resulting from hypoventilation induced by the obesity; hypercapnia, pulmonary hypertension, and cor pulmonale can result.
[after the "fat boy" character in Dickens' early novel The Pickwick Papers]