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Men who became inactive while losing weight 2.3 times as likely to die as those who remained active
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Men who became physically inactive while losing weight were 2.3 times as likely to die during a 15-17 year follow-up as men who remained active while losing weight according to data from the Copenhagen City Heart Study.
"Overall, weight loss was associated with excess mortality when compared with weight stability," the study concluded.
"However, weight loss seemed less hazardous to survival among those who remained physically active or those who became active." Subjects
Subjects: 11,135 people of which 3078 overweight or obese participants lost weight or remained weight stable
The study examined data from 11,135 people who participated in the Copenhagen City Heart Study In 1976-1978 and 1981-1983.
“Of these, 3078 overweight or obese participants lost weight or remained weight stable from 1976-1978 to 1981-1983, and were without pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes, stroke, ischaemic heart disease or cancer in 1981-1983,” the paper noted.
Ostergaard J, Gronbaek M, Schnohr P, Sorensen T, Heitmann B. Combined effects of weight loss and physical activity on all-cause mortality of overweight men and women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Jan 12, published early on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
 National Institute of Public Health
University of Southern Denmark
 Institute of Preventive Medicine
Copenhagen Capital Region
Copenhagen University Hospitals
Centre for Health and Society
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