Obesity Could Shorten Your Life By Almost 4 Years: Study

Jan 22, 2014 by

Obesity Could Shorten Your Life By Almost 4 Years: Study

A recent study published online in the American Journal of Public Health has revealed that American adults who were obese died an average of almost 4 years earlier than their counterparts who were of normal weight.

Further, it was found that middle-aged obese adults had the highest risk of premature death.

Researchers from the City University of New York had looked at data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination survey from 1988 to 1994 and death statistics up to 2006. Their analysis revealed the following:

* Obesity was linked with at least a 20% increase in risk of death from all causes or from heart disease

* Obese adults died about 3.7 years earlier from all causes as compared to those with normal weight

* Obese adults died about 1.7 years earlier from heart disease as compared to those with normal weight

* The risk was greatest for those whose age ranged from 45 to 64. For this group of obese persons, they died about 7.1 years earlier from all causes as compared to their normal-weight counterparts, and up to 12.8 years earlier from heart disease

“As we are watching the epidemic of obesity grow, we need to understand the huge implications – not just on chronic illness, but also the effect on life expectancy,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not part of the study team.

“Given the prevalence of obesity among children and young adults, early intervention is absolutely essential in order to prevent this trend from increasing exponentially as these populations continue to age,” added Kelly Hogan, a clinical dietitian at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

With more obesity, chronic illness rates are going to rise and life expectancy is going to shorten. It’s time to up the education on the detrimental health effects of being overweight.

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