Obesity can take years off your life

According to new research, if you’re overweight or suffer with obesity, losing weight now is the best way to buy back some of that lost time and keep the Grim Reaper at bay.

A new study out of Europe published in The Lancet compiled data on nearly four million non-smoking adults without any chronic diseases between the ages of 20 and 90.

They found that if you’re overweight, you’ll shave one year off of your life expectancy, on average.

And if you’re obese? You could die up to THREE YEARS sooner than you would if you were at a healthy weight.

Researchers looked at the body mass index (BMI) and found just what you’d expect: that a “normal” BMI (anywhere from 18.5 to 25) carries the lowest risk of premature death.

But the risk goes up a whopping 31 per cent for every five points above 25.

And guys, your risk is greater than the ladies. But there’s good news – you can also reduce your risk of death by twice as much as your female counterparts, if you choose to do something about it.

Both genders can improve their risk by just losing some weight.

According to lead researcher Rich Peto, if a woman lost just 10 per cent of her weight, it would “knock 10 per cent off the risk of dying before she was 70.”

But for a man? Losing 10 per cent of his body weight would reduce his risk of death by 20 per cent.

This study directly counteracts recent speculation about the “obesity paradox,” which implied that the fatter you are, the healthier you are.

I’ve never really believed that. There’s a reason we call it a “healthy weight” – you just can’t be fat and completely healthy.

In fact, one out of every five premature deaths is due to obesity. And just like the first cause, smoking, these deaths are largely preventable.

Diet and lifestyle changes take commitment and work, but you can start small and see results.

Following the Paleo diet is a good option for those who don’t want a typical diet that cuts portion sizes. Instead, you can eat as much organic, natural foods like nuts, meats, vegetables and fruits as you want.

You just have to be willing to give up refined sugars and processed foods.

But isn’t another year… or THREE… with your loved ones worth it?

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Obesity More Deadly for Men Than Women: Study, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_159852.html

Study finds fat kills, casting doubt on ‘obesity paradox’, reuters.com/article/us-health-obesity-idUSKCN0ZT2SX

Body-mass index and all-cause mortality: individual-participant-data meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies in four continents, thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30175-1/abstract

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