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Severely Obese People At Much Greater Risk of Dying From Diseases, Disorders

January 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. review of studies on overweight and obesity has found that being simply overweight is less risky to one’s health than being obese or very obese. Data from the review of nearly 100 studies involving three million adults showed that overall obesity and high levels of obesity were associated with significantly higher risk of death from all causes. Overweight people were defined in the review as those whose body mass index (BMI) was 25 to 29. Severely obese people were those whose BMI was greater than 35. Researchers found that people with the highest BMI levels had a 29 percent greater risk of death from any cause.
Katherine M. Flegal et al., "Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index Categories", JAMA, January 01, 2013, © American Medical Association
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