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Obesity Linked to Earlier Death!

Posted Mar 18 2009 4:14am
Obesity has been show to shorten your life! New study shows similar effect as smoking on longevity

Obesity causes kidney disease, liver disease and several types of cancer, but the most common way it kills is by causing stroke and, most importantly, heart disease. Obesity causes heart disease by elevating blood pressure, by interfering with blood cholesterol levels, and by bringing on diabetes.

BMI is a calculation that expresses a relationship between height and weight. People are considered underweight if their BMI is less than 18.5, normal weight when the BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, overweight when BMI is between 25 and 29.9, and obese when BMI is 30 or more, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

People who are moderately obese with a BMI (body mass index) in the 30 to 35 range reduced their life span by two and four years. For those who are severely obese with BMIs between 40 and 45, their life span was reduced by eight to 10 years. That's very similar to the effects of smoking.

Of course, I would think that this a is a no-brainer! The fatter you are, the more likely you will die from chronic disease. This is common sense, but for all those peolpe in complete denial in the drive through at McDonalds, here is your wake up call!

Complete article is a must read!

Encourage your friends and family to start exercising and decrease their BMI! Add a few years to their life!
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