Increased Weight Associated with Higher Risk for Death
As body weight increases so does the risk of dying, according to a review published in The BMJ. Researchers looked at 30,233,329 participants and found that for every 5-point increase in body mass index (BMI), there was an 18 percent increase for dying among never smokers. The risk among healthy never smokers was even higher. Those who had BMIs in a healthy range (20-24 kg/m2) had the least risk for dying after at least a 20-year follow-up.
Aune D, Sen A, Prasad M, et al. BMI and all cause mortality: systematic review and non-linear dose-response meta-analysis of 230 cohort studies with 3.74 million deaths among 30.3 million participants. BMJ. 2016;353:i2156.
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