Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How many years will obesity take from you?

I just an article about obesity and how many years it can take off your life, what an eye opener! I know it made me stop and think what my life would be like if I hadn't made so drastic changes and I hope will make some of you stop, think, and change the direction you might be headed. A new study recently published in the The Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60318-4/fulltext that details the negative effects obesity can have, especially when you talk about shortening your life. For some people it could shorten their lives by as much as 10 years. Around 1/3 of the people in America are obese, which means they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is a measure based on height and weight.

A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, overweight is 25 to 29.9, and obese is 30 or greater. You can calculate your BMI by going to http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/. I encourage all of you to do this today today to see what your BMI is. One of the findings of the study was that for every 5 points over what is considered a healthy BMI (18.5-29.9) the risk of early death increases. It also showed that those who were overweight but not yet obese could shorten their life span by one year. It also showed the people with the lowest risk of dying early were those in the higher end of the healthy weight range with a BMI of about 22.5-25.

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