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Thursday, July 10, 2014

SEVERE OBESITY & LOST YEARS OF LIFE

Body mass index (BMI) of 40-44.9 is associated 6.5 years of lost life

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40-44.9 is associated with 6.5 years of lost life compared to people of normal weight with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 according to an analysis of 20 studies from the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

A BMI Table for adults can be found here.

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SEVERE OBESITY & LOST YEARS OF LIFE

Body mass index (BMI) of 45-49.9 is associated 8.9 years of lost life

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 45-49.9 is associated with 8.9 years of lost life compared to people of normal weight with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 according to an analysis of 20 studies from the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

A BMI Table for adults can be found here.

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SEVERE OBESITY & LOST YEARS OF LIFE

Body mass index (BMI) of 50-54.9 is associated 9.8 years of lost life

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 50-54.9 is associated with 9.8 years of lost life compared to people of normal weight with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 according to an analysis of 20 studies from the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

A BMI Table for adults can be found here.

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SEVERE OBESITY & LOST YEARS OF LIFE

Body mass index (BMI) of 55-59.9 is associated 13.7 years of lost life

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 55-59.9 is associated with 13.7 years of lost life compared to people of normal weight with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 according to an analysis of 20 studies from the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

A BMI Table for adults can be found here.

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SEVERE OBESITY

Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater affects 6% of US adults

Class III obesity, that is having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, affects 6% of US adults according to an analysis of 20 studies from the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

A BMI Table for adults can be found here.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

OBESITY & MORTALITY

Obesity accounts for 18% of deaths among Black and White Americans between the ages of 40 and 85

Obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among Black and White Americans between the ages of 40 and 85 according to Ryan Masters, PhD, and others who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

This finding challenges the prevailing wisdom among scientists, which is that only about 5% of deaths are due to obesity.

This finding shows that obesity is responsible for about 3.6 times more deaths than previously thought.

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OBESITY & MORTALITY

Obesity and overweight accounts for 27% of deaths among Black women in the U.S.

Obesity and overweight accounts for 27% of deaths among Black women in the U.S. according to Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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OBESITY & MORTALITY

Obesity and overweight accounts for 21% of deaths among White women in the U.S.

Obesity and overweight accounts for 21% of deaths among White women in the U.S. according to Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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OBESITY & MORTALITY

Obesity and overweight accounts for 15% of deaths among White men in the U.S.

Obesity and overweight accounts for 15% of deaths among White men in the U.S. according to Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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OBESITY & MORTALITY

Obesity and overweight accounts for 5% of deaths among Black men in the U.S.

Obesity and overweight accounts for 5% of deaths among Black men in the U.S. according to Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

While White men and Black men have similar rates of obesity, the effect of obesity on mortality is lower in Black men because it is “crowded out” by other risk factors, from high rates of cigarette smoking to challenging socioeconomic conditions according to the researchers.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Underweight smoking women with BMI less than 18.5, 9.4 times more likely to die within 10 years

Women who smoked and were underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5, were 9.4 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Normal weight smoking women with BMI 23.5-25, 5.4 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Women who smoked and were normal weight with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 23.5-25 were 5.4 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Overweight smoking women with BMI 25-30, 5.1 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Women who smoked and were overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30 were 5.1 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese smoking women with BMI 30-35, 5.9 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Women who smoked and were obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 35 were 5.9 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese smoking women with BMI 35 or more, 6.6 times more likely to die during 10-year follow-up

Women who smoked and were severely obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, were 6.6 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Normal weight former smoking men were 2.2 to 4.1 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Men who normal weight with a body mass index (BMI) of 23.5 to 25 and who quit smoking at least 10 years earlier were 2.2 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Similar men who had quit smoking less than 10 years earlier were 4.1 times more likely to die during follow-up.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Normal weight former smoking women were 1.9 to 2.9 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Women who normal weight with a body mass index (BMI) of 23.5 to 25 and who quit smoking at least 10 years earlier were 1.9 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Similar women who had quit smoking less than 10 years earlier were 2.9 times more likely to die during follow-up.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Normal-weight smoking men with BMI 23.5-25, 6.2 times more likely to die during 10 year follow-up

Men who were normal weight, that is had a body mass index (BMI) of 23.5 to 25, but who were current smokers, were 6.2 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Underweight smoking men with BMI less than 18.5, 8.4 times more likely to die during 10 yr follow-up

Men who were underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 and who were current smokers, were 8.4 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese smoking men with BMI 35 or more, 8.1 times more likely to die

Men who were current smokers and severely obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, were 8.1 times more likely to die during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked according to a new study from the US’s National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Overweight men with BMI 25-30, 11% more likely to die during 10 years than men with BMI of 23.5-25

Men who had never smoked, but were overweight, that is had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30, were 11 percent more likely to die -- 1.11 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, men who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 10 percent less likely to die than men who were overweight.

Comment: This is more evidence that the 2005 CDC Study by Flegal was WRONG

To me, this study provides additional evidence that there was a problem with the study done a couple years ago done by the US Centers for Disease Control which estimated that the obesity is associated with much fewer deaths in the US than previously estimated (111,000 versus 400,000).

It seemed obvious to me that the Flegal study was wrong when one of the tables in the paper showed that by their calculations that overweight people were less likely to die than normal weight people. To me, this was a big, huge red flag saying "Something is wrong with this study by Flegal (2005)!". Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 11:17 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese men with BMI 30-35, 41% more likely to die during 10 years than men with BMI of 23.5-25

Men who had never smoked, but were obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 35 were 41 percent more likely to die -- 1.41 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, men who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 29 percent less likely to die than men who were obese with a BMI of 30-35. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 11:10 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese men w/ BMI over 35, 2.4 times more likely to die during 10 years than men with BMI of 23.5-25

Men who had never smoked, but were obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more were 144 percent more likely to die -- 2.44 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, men who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 59 percent less likely to die than men who were obese with a BMI of 30-35. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 11:00 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Overweight women with BMI 25-30, 14% more likely to die during 10 years than women w/BMI of 23.5-25

Women who who had never smoked, but were overweight, that is had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30, were 14 percent more likely to die -- 1.14 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 10 percent less likely to die than women who were overweight.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese women with BMI 30-35, 33% more likely to die during 10 years than women with BMI of 23.5-25

Women who had never smoked, but were obese with a BMI of 30- to 35, were 33 percent more likely to die -- 1.33 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 25 percent less likely to die than women who were overweight.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 9:22 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Obese women w/BMI over 35, 2.2 times more likely to die during 10 years than women w/BMI of 23.5-25

Women who had never smoked, but were obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more were 118 percent more likely to die -- 2.2 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 54 percent less likely to die than women who were obese with a BMI of 30-35. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 9:17 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Lean men with BMI 18.5-23.5, 8% more likely to die during 10 years than men with BMI of 23.5-25

Lean men who had never smoked, but were obese with a BMI of 18.5 to 23.5, were 8 percent more likely to die -- 1.08 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, although there was more than a 5 percent chance that the difference was due to random chance, according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, men who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 15 percent less likely to die than lean men with a BMI of 18.5-23.5.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 9:08 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Lean women with BMI 18.5-23.5, 17% more likely to die during 10 years than women with BMI of 23.5-25

Lean women who had never smoked, but were obese with a BMI of 18.5 to 23.5, were 17 percent more likely to die -- 1.17 times more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25 according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 15 percent less likely to die than lean women with a BMI of 18.5-23.5.

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WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Underweight men, BMI under 18.5, 2.1 times more likely to die during 10 years than w/BMI of 23.5-25

Underweight men who had never smoked with a BMI of less than 18.5 were 2.1 times more likely to die -- 111 percent more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight men who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, although there was more than a 5 percent chance that the difference was due to random chance, according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 53 percent less likely to die than lean women with a BMI of 18.5-23.5.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 8:52 am | [0] comments

WEIGHT AND MORTALITY

Underweight women, BMI under 18.5, 1.5 X more likely to die during 10 years than w/BMI of 23.5-25

Underweight women who had never smoked with a BMI of less than 18.5 were 1.5 times more likely to die -- 151 percent more likely -- during a 10-year follow-up than normal weight women who had never smoked with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, although there was more than a 5 percent chance that the difference was due to random chance, according to a new study from the US's National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

To put this another way, women who were normal weight with a BMI of 23.5 to 25, were 34 percent less likely to die than lean women with a BMI of 18.5-23.5. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 8:44 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

DEATHS FROM OBESITY

6% of deaths in England due to obesity

In England, there are an estimated 30,000 excess deaths every year due to obesity, which is 6 percent of all deaths as noted in the report Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation by the Royal College of Physicians. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 7:37 am | [0] comments

Friday, January 04, 2008

DEATHS FROM OBESITY

Obesity causes an estimated 30,000 deaths in the UK, 320,000 deaths in Europe

Obesity causes an estimated 30,000 deaths in the England and 320,000 deaths in Europe according to the Foresight report on Tackling Obesity put out by Foresight, a division within the UK's Government Office for Science. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 7:48 am | [0] comments

Friday, December 15, 2006

OBESITY DEATHS

Excess weight causes 464,000 deaths per year in US, 4 times more than 2005 CDC estimate

Excess body weight causes an estimated 464,000 excess deaths per year in the U.S. according to a new paper by James Greenberg from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. This is four times more than the 111,909 estimated last by the CDC (Flegal et al, 2005), which failed to adjust for two statistical biases. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Dec 15, 2006 12:23 am | [0] comments

Saturday, January 14, 2006

LONGEVITY

The lowest risk of death is assocated with a BMI of 21 in younger women, 23 in younger men

Numerous studies have found that being overweight increases the risk of death. A new study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute found that in younger women, the risk of death increases when body mass index (BMI) exceeds 21, and in older women, when BMI exceeds 25. In younger men, the risk increases when BMI exceeds 23, whereas in older men, the risk does not increase until BMI exceeds 30. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Jan 14, 2006 2:06 pm | [1] comments

Thursday, April 21, 2005

OBESITY-RELATED DEATHS

Obesity associated with fewer deaths than previously thought (updated Friday, April 22, 2005)

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that obesity is associated with 111,909 early deaths in the U.S. each year as opposed to a previous estimate of 400,000 deaths per year. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Apr 21, 2005 7:27 am | [2] comments

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

CORONARY HEART DISEASE

Obesity increases risk of death from coronary heart disease by 51% in men, 62% in women

Obesity increases the risk of death from coronary heart disease by 51 percent in men and 62 percent in women according to a new paper from Daniel L. McGee, statistician at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida who analyzed data from twenty-six studies. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 18, 2005 11:50 am | [0] comments

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Obesity increases risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 45% in men, 53% in women

Obesity increases the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 45 percent in men and 53 percent in women according to a new paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jan 18, 2005 11:45 am | [0] comments

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Excess weight and inactivity account for 59% of heart disease deaths, 21% of cancer deaths in women

"Both increased [body fat] and reduced physical activity are strong and independent predictors of death [in women]," according to a new study from researchers at Harvard. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Dec 23, 2004 10:29 am | [0] comments

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Cancer: Excess weight causes 1/7 of cancer deaths in men, 1/5 in women

Excess body weight is estimated to account for one-seventh of cancer deaths in men in the U.S. and one-fifth for women according to the American Cancer Society. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Aug 24, 2004 12:02 pm | [0] comments

Deaths caused by obesity probably overestimated

It has recently been said that obesity kills an estimated 400,000 people in the U.S. each year, however, the real number is probably lower than this according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Aug 24, 2004 11:14 am | [0] comments
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