Thursday, September 1, 2011

Excessive weight in youth can lead to an early death

A recent study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that people who are overweight as young adults had a higher risk of death, even if the weight was lost later in life. The risk of death was 21% higher in young adults with a higher BMI and 28% higher when adjusting for other risk factors such as smoking, physical activity and alcohol consumption.

The study also found that being overweight at age 25 had a larger impact on black women versus white women and a greater impact on men than on women. However, the impact of obesity early in life was negligible in black men when adjusting for weight change throughout adulthood.

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