Study: Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy by Up to 8 Years

I’m terrified of falling into this, and it is just too easy these days. We have access to so much food, and food of such high energy value that our evolutionary history has not caught up with. We now need to reign in our propensity for over-indulgence as never before.

Obesity is a killer, we need to lead ever more active lifestyles at the same time as sitting for longer periods behind a desk.

We need to reevaluate how we live. I make no secret of the fact that I want to live forever or as long as possible (whether or not I’ll achieve this is still to be fought for). This is the threat that sneaks in under the radar. We have to eat, you can’t defend against it but you do need to monitor it.

TIME

A new study has found that obesity can shorten one’s life by almost a decade.

Researchers at McGill University linked obesity with an increased risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes — ailments that dramatically reduce both life expectancy and the number of years spent free of chronic illnesses.

Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as many as 19 years of healthy living, the study published Thursday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes.

Researchers used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to create a model to estimate the risk of disease based on body weight and then examined how excess weight contributed to years of life lost. The model found that the younger someone becomes obese, the more years he or she ultimately loses.

“The pattern is clear,” Dr. Steven Grover, lead…

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