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Obesity reduces life expectancy in U.S. women at age 50 years by 1.5 years
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Obesity reduces life expectancy in U.S. women at age 50 years by 1.54 years as of 2006 according to a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
“The United States has the highest prevalence of obesity and one of the lowest life expectancies among high-income countries,” the researchers noted.
The higher rate of obesity in the U.S. explains 42% of the shortfall in life expectancy among U.S. women compared to other high-income countries according to the study.
Preston SH, and Stokes A. Contribution of obesity to international differences in life expectancy. Am J Public Health, 2011 Nov; 101(11): 2137-2143.
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