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  • Overweight in women increases risk of death by 40 percent

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    Monday, July 05, 2004 3:52 pm Email this article
    Having a body mass index (BMI) of 27.8 or more increases the risk of death from from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer by 40 percent according to a new study from the Netherlands.

    The risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer did not increase significantly in women who had a weight gain of 15 percent or more, nor did the risk change in women who lost weight.

    The study involved 8,100 women who were 50- to 66-years-old who participated in a population-based breast cancer-screening project in the Netherlands between 1974 and 1977, and were followed fo an averge of 17 years.


    Maru S, Van Der Schouw YT, Gimbrere C, Grobbee D, Peeters P. Body mass index and short-term weight change in relation to mortality in dutch women after age 50 y. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul, 80(1):231-36.

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