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Obese adults who do not cut to a healthy body weight by middle age are increasing their risk of dying young by more than a fifth, a study has warned.
Scientists from Huazhong University, China, found that gaining weight between the age of 25 and 47 hikes the chances of an early death from any cause by 22 per cent.
Pounds - Likelihood
And continuing to pile on the pounds past your 40s raises the likelihood of dying prematurely even further.
But Dr Chen Chen and his co-authors also found that those who drop from an obese to a healthy BMI after hitting middle age still have a 30 per cent higher chance of early death.
Study - Medical - Journal - BMJ - Data
Their study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), analysed data for 36,051 US citizens who were 40 or over.
This sample were weighed and measured at the start, and told researchers how much they weighed at 25 and 35. During a 12-year follow-up of these people, 10,500 deaths were recorded.
Factors - Results - Experts - People - Weight
After stripping factors that may influence results, experts found that, compared with people of a healthy weight, those who became obese between the age of 25 and middle adulthood had a 22 per cent higher...
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