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Women Overweight At 50 Have Much Greater Chance Of Unhealthy Old Age

September 29, 2009: 11:13 AM EST
A study of 17,000 U.S. women who lived at least to age 70 found that being overweight at age 50 correlated with a greater chance of health problems later in life, including multiple chronic diseases, and impaired cognitive function, physical function and mental health. The study found that obese women (with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher) at age 50 had a 79 percent lower chance of healthy survival than lean women. Women who were overweight at age 18 and gained more than 22 pounds by mid-life had the worst odds of healthy survival.
Qi Sun, Mary K. Townsend, et al., "Adiposity and weight change in mid-life in relation to healthy survival after age 70 in women: prospective cohort study", British Medical Journal, September 29, 2009, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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