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“Extreme obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 14 years”, a new study suggests!

Adult Nutrition
06 December 2014

A new study has illuminated another dreadful impact of extreme obesity in shortening life expectancy up to 14 years! Researchers at National Cancer Institute (NCI) explored the major reduction of life expectancy in extremely obese or class III (BMI of 40 or more) obese people in comparison to the normal weighted individuals.

The study, conducted on adults from Sweden, Australia and United states, exhibited a direct correlation between increasing BMI (body mass index) and health-related deaths. The senior writer of the study, Patricia Hartge concluded “Given our findings, it appears that class III obesity is increasing and may soon emerge as a major cause of early death in this and other countries worldwide”.

Article link: Kitahara CM, et al. Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40-59 kg/m) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies. PLOS Medicine, July 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001673.

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