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Obesity - Increase Risk of Premature Death
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Obesity, BMI and Premature Death

The World Health Organization, in its 2000 report on obesity, states that obese people face 'increased risk of premature death'. The consensus worldwide seems to be that risk of premature death increases on a reasonably level curve upwards once BMI goes over 25, with a much steeper curve after 30. At moderately high BMI's abdominal obesity (central fat distribution) is an additional factor - i.e. if you have much of your surplus fat around your middle even though your BMI is only moderately high, risk of early death is increased.

Problems are also increased if you have other risk factors for premature death as well as obesity - for instance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or you smoke or have diabetes. If you also take no exercise, with an official classification of sedentary, then that too may increase risk of shortened lifespan.

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