Obesity and Life Expectancy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Overweight and obese individuals have the potential to decrease their life expectancy by almost a decade. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at obesity and life expectancy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The heart disease and diabetes that often accompany obesity may rob people of almost a decade of life and close to two decades of a healthy life.

Researchers used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to estimate the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease in adults of different body weights.

The researchers analyzed the role played by being overweight and obese on life expectancy and the loss of years of a healthy life among adults ranging from 20 to 79 years of age.

Researchers estimated that the life expectancy of obese people was cut by one to six years and, among the very obese, as much as eight years.

Also, for very obese men and women in their 20s, their years of living free from diabetes or heart disease were cut by about 19 years.

While losing weight or exercising regularly is not easy for many of us, the potential benefits are huge.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.