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  • Being overweight increases risk of diabetes 5-fold, having BMI of 35 increases risk 93-fold

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    Friday, January 11, 2008 10:44 am Email this article
    According to the Nurses Cohort Study from the US, female nurses who were overweight, that is had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more, increased the risk of type 2 diabetes 5-fold, while having a BMI of 35 or more, severe obesity, increased the risk 93-fold notes the report Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation by the Royal College of Physicians. They note that this could help to explain why poor people are more likely to be obese in developed countries. REFERENCE

    Royal College of Physicians. Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation. London: Royal College Press, 2004 Feb.

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