If you’re obese in your 20s and 30s, ex­pect to lose up to 10 years in life ex­pectancy.

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If you are obese or over­weight in your 20s and 30s, ex­pect to lose up to 10 years in life ex­pectancy, re­searchers have warned.

The find­ings showed that men and women who are obese in their 20s will lose up to eight and six years re­spec­tively in their lives. In ad­di­tion, if they are se­verely obese, men and women will lose 10 and eight years re­spec­tively.

“We know that ex­cess weight has an im­pact on your health, but to have ex­cess weight as a young adult is re­ally sig­nif­i­cant on life ex­pectancy. We are talk­ing about los­ing up to 10 years of your life,” said Thomas Lung, lead re­searcher from The Ge­orge In­sti­tute for Global Health in Aus­tralia.

Peo­ple with obe­sity are at risk of de­vel­op­ing dis­eases such as di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and stroke, all which can de­crease life­span.

“The study pre­dicts adult obe­sity preva­lence will in­crease to 35 per­cent by 2025. We need to act now and have an obe­sity pre­ven­tion strat­egy tar­get­ing adults at all ages and in par­tic­u­lar young adults,” Lung noted.

For the study, pub­lished in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Obe­sity, the team used a model which cal­cu­lated the ex­pected amount of weight that adults put on ev­ery year de­pend­ing on their age, sex and cur­rent weight.

It also pre­dicted re­main­ing life ex­pectancy for peo­ple in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in healthy, over­weight, obese and se­verely obese weight cat­e­gories and cal­cu­lated the num­ber of years lost over the life­time for peo­ple with ex­cess weight in each age group, com­pared to those with a healthy weight.

Im­por­tantly, the risks of early death as­so­ci­ated with ex­cess weight were ap­par­ent at ev­ery age group but de­creased with age.

Obese women in their 40s will ex­pe­ri­ence a re­duc­tion of 4.1 years, whilst obese men stand to lose 5.1 years.

Also, for in­di­vid­u­als in their 60s, this re­duc­tion in life ex­pectancy is es­ti­mated at 2.3 years for women and 2.7 years for men.– IANS

LOS­ING LIFE: Hav­ing ex­ces­sive weight as a young adult, might re­sult in los­ing up to 10 years of life.

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