Extreme Obesity Reduces Life Span As Many As 14 Years

Obesity can be scary. This is my latest finding. Severely obese people tend to die early compared with normal weight people. About 6 percent of adults in U.S. are severely obese. Severe obesity is one of the leading causes of death. People who are severely obese are found to have heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver disease. The risk of fatality from any of these conditions increases together with weight.

I read this study and I was amazed to find that severely obese men and women may lose from 6 to 14 years off their life. This effect is almost the same as smoking.

What is the benchmark for severe obesity? If your body mass index (BMI) is more than 40, it is viewed as severe obesity.

You may wonder if you start a weight loss program, does it increase your lifespan? This study does not give such indication. Since severe obesity hardly occur in the first place, prevention is the key. Some treatments may help to address existing advanced obesity.

Lower degrees of obesity is not as deadly as severe obesity. Unfortunately, this study reveals that the rates of severe obesity are climbing steeply.

In conclusion, this research offers a strong proof that harmful diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes is linked to obesity.

This article initially published on http://www.reshealth.org/yourhealth/newsarticle.cfm?articleid=689580

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