Sunday, 22 March 2009

Obesity Can Cut 3-10 Years From Your Life

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When it comes to eating a healthy diet and staying fit, what's your biggest motivator? Is it feeling good? Staying active? Fitting into your jeans? Maybe it's all of the above. Those are all good reasons for staying fit, but here's maybe the biggest one of all: Being obese could cut your life by 10 years. I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly feeling very motivated.

This finding comes from an analysis of 57 different studies that included almost 900,000 people. The short story is this:

  • A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
  • Death rates were lowest among people with a BMI of 23 to 24.
  • A BMI of 30 to 35 could potentially take two to four years off life.
  • Being morbidly obese, or having a BMI of 40 to 45, could shorten life by eight to 10 years.
  • Being underweight, with a BMI of less than 22.5, was also associated with a shorter lifespan.

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