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Link Between Obesity and Life Expectancy

Obesity Study Summary
A recent obesity study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that obesity adversely affects life expectancy for an adult beginning at the age of 20.

Obesity Study Methods
Researchers, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the U.S. Life Tables, calculated the difference between life expectancies of individuals who were obese versus not obese at a given age. Obesity is determined by calculating body mass index. A body mass index between 25 and 29 is considered overweight; an index of 30 or more is considered obese.

Obesity Study Results
Results estimate that a 20-year-old white male with a body mass index of 45 or more will lose 13 years of life due to obesity. For African-American men of the same age and weight classification, the estimated loss of life is an astounding 20 years. For women, the news is slightly better. A 20-year-old white woman with a body mass index of 45 or more is estimated to lose eight years of life, while an African-American woman is estimated to lose five years.

Obesity Study Conclusion
Physicians trying to motivate obese patients to fight fat and excess body weight can now quantitatively illustrate the adverse effects of being overweight in a way patients can understand instead of warning them vaguely about potential health risks.

Source: soundmedicine.iu.edu

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