Health: Obesity Should Not Be Ignored, Early Death is the Risk

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“Early death is a compelling reason to lose those extra pounds”–Paul Ebeling

A new study finds that middle-aged people who are obese, or simply overweight, may face more health problems down the road.

The study, of nearly 30,000 men and women, found that the more people weighed around age 40, the greater their odds of chronic health conditions after 65 anni. And obesity, particularly severe levels, ultimately cut people’s lives short by 5 yrs, on average, compared to those who were in the normal-weight range.

“There are serious health consequences to obesity that should not be ignored,” said lead researcher, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

Class III obesity, once known as “morbid obesity,” refers to a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.

These people are at least 100 pounds overweight, and often have conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes

They frequently need help beyond lifestyle changes including medication or some type of weight-loss surgery. Procedures that alter the digestive tract to limit the amount of food a person can eat and the absorption of calories from food.

But this study shows that while class III obesity in middle age might be the biggest health threat.

The findings show a gradient: Middle-aged people who were overweight fared a little worse in older age than those who were normal-weight, and those with mild obesity did a little worse still.

But it underscores the potential benefits of healthy lifestyle changes for people with the common middle-age spread.

Maintaining weight loss is not easy. The human body is more wired toward gaining weight than losing it. So, when calories are more scarce, the body responds by expending fewer of them.

On top of that, people generally gain weight as they get older, Albaugh noted. It all means that a middle-aged person trying to shed pounds may be fighting an uphill battle.

The good news is not all about the number on the scale, People can still reap health benefits from eating real food and exercising, even if the scale shows little change.

The new findings, published online 115 March in JAMA Network Open, are based on almost 30,000 Chicago-area adults who were followed for over 40 yrs. At the outset, they were 40 yrs of age, on average.

Overall, those who were overweight had a similar life expectancy as their counterparts with a normal BMI. But obesity took about two to five years from people’s lives. People who were normal-weight died at age 82, on average, Vs age 77 among those with class III obesity in middle-age.

But when it came to chronic health conditions overweight people were worse off. Compared with their normal-weight counterparts, they typically spent an extra yr of their lives with conditions like heart disease, diabetes or stroke. That increased to 3 yrs among people who were moderately obese (class I or II) in middle-age.

It is never too early or too late to make lifestyle changes for the better.

I suggest that people start with small changes that are achievable and sustainable. That could mean replacing sugary drinks with HHHO water, I drink 10Acity, and just using the stairs instead of the elevator, or taking a daily walk around the neighborhood or mall.

Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively longer