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Obesity and mortality: Avoiding a weight gain of 40-60 lbs increases life expectancy by 3 years
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An normal weight adult who avoids gaining 40-60 lbs increases their life expectancy by about 3 years according to a study by Epidemiologist Dr. Gary Whitlock of Oxford University published on-line in The Lancet on March 18, 2009.
“... y avoiding an increase [ in BMI ] from 24 to 32… , a young adult would on average gain about 3 extra years of life.” the last sentence of the paper notes.
This is 8 units of Body Mass Index (BMI).
Eight (8) units of BMI is equal to roughly 40 lbs for someone who is 5-feet tall, or…
60 lbs for someone who is 6-feet tall.
The study analyzed data from 57 long-term studies which included roughly 900,000 people who were followed for 10-15 years.
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Whitlock G, Lewington S, Sherliker P, Clarke R, Emberson J, Halsey J, Qizilbash N, Collins R, Peto R. Body-mass index and cause-specific mortality in 900 000 adults: Collaborative analyses of 57 prospective studies. Lancet. 2009 Mar 18, published on-line.
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Dr. Gary Whitlock
Clinical Trial Service Unit
Nuffied Department of Clinical Medicine
Richard Doll Building
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University of Oxford
Oxford, UK OX3 7LF
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