16 December 10 Lose Weight, Live Longer?

We've heard this before, but is it true? According to yet another recent study, the answer is the same - YES! And it seems that being overweight or obese will take years off your life even if you don't have other risk factors, such as heart disease or cancer.

In the new study by the National Cancer Institute, which pooled data from 19 previous studies and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, included nearly 1.5 million white men and women between the ages of 19 and 84. What set this study apart, say the researchers, is that many or most previous studies that looked at the link between obesity and early death included smokers and those with heart disease, cancer or a history of stroke. This study excluded smokers and anyone with any of those three diseases.

The average length of the pooled studies was 10 years, and during the total research period, 160,087 people (of the 1.5 million) died. And though the study only included white people, researchers says the results should be similar among other races because of the diversity of age, socioeconomic factors, physical activity levels, alcohol consumption and marital status represented in the studies. However, researchers also state that further research is needed to confirm their pattern in other ethnic groups.

The results? Well, they were fairly similar between men and women. Compared to women of normal weight (BMI 22.5 - 25) overweight women were 13 percent more likely to die during the study period. Moderately obese women (BMI 30 - 34) were 44 percent more likely to die and severely obese women (35 - 39) were 88 percent more likely die than women of normal weight.

Researchers hoped their study would finally put an end to the debate over whether even a little extra weight puts one at risk for an earlier death.

With the New Year right around the corner and many people spending the holidays in the company of friends and family, it seems like a good time to make this next year the one that adds many more years to your life!

Ryan Newhouse

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