Obese middle-aged women dramatically reduce their lifespan

Thursday 1st October, 2009

Middle-aged women who are obese cut the chances of living a long and healthy life by nearly 80 per cent, according to new research.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, has revealed that women who gain weight from 18 years-old into middle age significantly reduce the likelihood of a long life with good health.

Compared to lean women of the same age, obese women reduce their odds by 79 per cent highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women early on in adulthood.

Researchers from the US investigated the link between being overweight in mid-life and the reduced probability of maintaining good health and surviving into old age.

A study of 17,000 women found that every one-unit increase in BMI (body mass index) had an associated 12 per cent reduction in the odds of healthy survival.

The highest risk group was women who were overweight at 18 years-old and then gained 10kg or more into mid-life.

In conclusion, the researchers said: ‘These data provide evidence that adiposity in mid-life is strongly related to a reduced probability of healthy survival among women who live to older ages, and stress the importance of maintaining a healthy weight from early adulthood.

‘Given that more and more Americans are surviving to older ages and, at the same time, gaining weight, our results may be particularly important with respect to clinical or public health policies and deserve further investigation and confirmation in additional studies.’ADNFCR-554-ID-19385023-ADNFCR



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