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Obesity and Lifespan

Being obese increases risk of premature death, especially for men, new study finds.


Video Transcript: 
Being overweight or obese leads to a shorter life…. especially for men… according to a new study.

Researchers included nearly 4 million adults worldwide… looking at their mortality risk. The team found that both overweight and obese adults were at increased risk for earlier all-cause mortality. And men who were obese showed a much higher risk of premature death than obese women.

The lead author says, “On average, overweight people lose about one year of life expectancy, and moderately obese people lose about three years of life expectancy,” but those extra pounds have the greatest effect on the health of men. According to his co-author, “Obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in Europe and North America.”

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