Study: Closer Look At Obesity Needed
The problem with obesity has quickly become a world-wide epidemic. But according to a new study, scientists warn that instead of focusing on the problems that accompany extremely overweight individuals, the concern should be placed on how long the individual has carried this weight.
According to this long-term research, scientists argue that for every decade that an individual is considered to be obese, it more than doubles their disk of death. Experts suggest pinpointing this time-frame with a new form of measurement, which they call an “obese year”. This will refer to the start of when the individuals became their most heaviest.
What researchers found was that the length of time that an individual is considered to be obese has a direct correlation on their risk of death. This is regardless of having such factors as the extent of their obesity or their age.
Researchers also found that every two years that an individual experienced a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more translated into an increased death risk of 7 percent. When compared to individuals who were never obese, those who were labeled obese for a period of at least 15 to 25 years saw their death risk more than double.
According to the report, “for every additional ten years lived with obesity, the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality more than doubled, implying that the risk of mortality associated with current obesity in adults might be significantly higher than in previous decades.”
The results of this research was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.