OBE­SITY IN 20S LINKED

TO RE­DUCED LIFE EX­PECTANCY

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HAVE YOU HEARD? -

Re­search has shown that men and women who are obese in their 20s will lose up to eight and six years re­spec­tively in their lives.

“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 lead re­searcher Thomas Lung 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 per cent 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, the team used a model which cal­cu­lated the ex­pected amount of weight that adults put on ev­ery year de­pend­ing on their age, gen­der and cur­rent weight.

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

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