Being Overweight Shortens Your Lifespan!


Not only does being overweight or obese increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke – now new research from the British Heart Foundation reports that it can actually shorten your lifespan!

A recent analysis of over 57 studies published in the journal Lancet found that:

People who were overweight lost about 3 years off their life

People who were obese lost about 10 years off their expected lifespan

These shortened lifespans are similar to people who were lifelong smokers.


A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov 2008) found that belly fat doubled the risk of premature death in both men and women.  For each 2 inch increase in waist circumference a 17% increase in mortality was seen in men and a 13% increase in women.  A man’s waist circumference should be less than 40 inches, a woman’s waist circumference should be less than 35 inches.


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5 Responses to Being Overweight Shortens Your Lifespan!

  1. Ben says:

    I myself am overweight and I hate how some of the tv shows are exploiting overweight people. For example, the biggest loser. They had them pulling cars! How do you feel about this type of tv? Look at the article below and you will see what I mean. Thanks again!–865052.php

  2. heartstrong says:

    I have to say never watched the TV show Biggest Loser – do not condone exploitation.

  3. matt says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  4. bob says:

    I wish I could write this well! great blog thanks.

  5. _joey_ says:

    This blog’s where its happenning. Keep up the good work.

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