What 100 Studies Say About Obesity and Death.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on an important study, conducted jointly by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealing that obesity is more than just bad for the body; rather, the study found that obesity is linked to a significantly higher risk of death.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/weight-loss-articles/what-100-studies-say-about-obesity-and-death) notes, researchers found that this stood firm for people with any “grade” of obesity. These same links were not seen among people who were overweight but not obese. It’s important to note that this finding was true for death by any cause.
As the article “What 100 Studies Say About Obesity and Death” reports, researchers set out to compile and summarize studies on body mass index (BMI) and what’s known as “all-cause mortality.” They identified 97 studies that fit the bill, creating a sample size of nearly three million people and more than 270,000 deaths.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines these key findings amongst certain adults heavier than “normal” weight, which is a BMI of 18.5–25.0:
- Overweight (BMI of 25–30) people had a six percent lower risk of death
- Obese (BMI over 30) people, of any grade, had an 18% higher risk of death
- Grade 1 obese (BMI 30–35) people had a five percent higher risk of death
- Grades 2 or 3 obese (BMI over 35) people faced a 29% higher risk of death
As the article concludes, the heavier a person is, the higher risk of all-cause mortality he or she faces. Expanses of fat surrounding major organs, joints, and blood vessels are simply not a sustainable situation in the body. Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes that it is never too late to begin exercising and eating right, but it is important to begin weight loss with a healthcare professional’s advice should one fall into the obese category.
(SOURCE: Flegal, K., et al., “Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories,” JAMA 2013; 309(1): 71–82.)
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