Being obese can cause you to die 8 years earlier,
with the last 20 years in miserable health!
A new study out of Canada has scientifically quantified the obesity health toll as shaving up to eight years off of a person’s life, with several decades of relative misery leading up to this early death. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal noted that the major risk factors associated with obesity are common illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Most people are aware of these conditions, and even their relationship with obesity, but they often fail to recognize how quality of life is degraded once they are present.
Published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a study comparing young men and women of healthy weights to young obese individuals found that those who were overweight lost about 8.4 years off of their lives if they were men and 6.1 years off of their lives if they were women.
Similarly, the young obese men suffered 18.8 more years of poor health leading up to their early deaths compared to men of healthy weight, while young obese women suffered 19.1 years of poor health. Even when obesity emerged just in old age, both men and women were found to lose years off of their lives: for men, an average of 3.7 years and for women about 5.3 years.
“Our computer modelling study shows that obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, and diabetes that will, on average, dramatically reduce an individual’s life expectancy,” stated Professor Steven Grover, one of the study’s authors, as quoted by the BBC.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) score of 35 or more was considered to be “very obese,” and individuals in this category had anywhere between one and eight years shaved off their lives, based on the assessment model. Even overweight people with BMI scores between 25 and 30, which is not technically considered “obese,” lost up to three years from their lives.
“This research study yet again supports the clear message that by becoming obese you not only take years off your life, but also life off your years in terms of experiencing more years in poor health rather than enjoying a happy, active and productive life,” added Barbara Dinsdale, a lifestyle manager at the British charity Heart Research UK.
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