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Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

The "obesity paradox" may not be a real benefit.

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a younger age and spent more years living with it, despite not living as long.

PositiveTip: Maintaining a healthy BMI significantly improves quality of life, functional capacity, and decreases disability.