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We have been hearing lots of talks about obesity as more and more people suffer from it lately. A study concluded that people that are obese in their young years have bigger risk of dying prematurely. This study was presented today at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm.

In the past 60 years, researchers followed up more than 5,000 military recruits, from the age of 20 until the age of 80. More precisely, 1,930 obese and 3,601 non-obese male military conscripts were observed and body mass index was measured at ages of 25, 35 and 46. During this observation period, 1,191 men died.

The study’s leader and researcher at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Esther Zimmermann, said that “at age 70 years, 70% of the men in the comparison group and 50% of those in the obese group were still alive and we estimated that from middle age, the obese were likely to die eight years earlier than those in the comparison group”.

Scientists noticed that death chances increased by ten percent per BMI point above normal and that obese men had eight years less to live than healthy recruits. They also said that the most long-living men seemed to be those who had a BMI of 25. Among other observations, researchers wanted to know how being obese at the age of 20 affects your entire life. They saw that obesity at 20 had long lasting effects up to 60 years later.

The persistence of obesity may partly explain why obesity at 20 years of age has lifelong mortality effects, but it needs to be proven whether that is the full explanation or whether, by itself, being obese at an early age increases the risk of early death,” she stated.

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