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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