Overweight and Obesity Increase Risk for Early Death

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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS July 15, 2016

Overweight and Obesity Increase Risk for Early Death

July 15, 2016

Overweight and obesity increase the risk of premature death from cancer, heart disease, and other conditions, according to a meta-analysis published online in The Lancet. Researchers examined 239 studies that tracked BMI and mortality rates for 10,625,411 participants across four continents. Those who were overweight or obese were up to three times more likely to die early from disease, compared with those with healthy BMIs, and the risk increased as BMI rose. These findings highlight the risk of all-cause mortality related to overweight and suggest the importance of preventive measures.

The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration. Body-mass index and all-cause mortality: individual participant-data meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies in four continents. Lancet. Published online July 13, 2016.

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