The Cost of Obesity Just Went Up

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Overweight people are getting sicker, according to a study from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Heart disease and cardiovascular disease risk factors in obese adults aged 20-years-old and older were compared over three decades. A total of 18,626 men and women were in the study. Results showed that despite blood pressure and blood lipids remaining somewhat constant, blood glucose levels have deteriorated, resulting in an overall decline in cardiovascular health status and a significant increase in type 2 diabetes among overweight individuals in the United States.

Obesity is almost three times more deadly for men than it is for women, according to a study from the University of Oxford in England. In this study of almost four million men and women around the world, the risk of dying before the age of 70-years-old was 19% for men and 11% for women of normal weight. Those numbers increased to 30% for obese men and 15% for obese women. The more severe the obesity, the graver the danger. “Obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in America,” the researchers conclude.

Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D.

Fangian G, Garvey T: Trends in cardiovascular health metrics in obese adults. Journal of the American Heart Association 2016; July 13th.

The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration: Body mass index and all-cause mortality. The Lancet 2016;July 13th.

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