Not only obesity that kills, being over-weight can too

Being overweight could be more deadly than you think.

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While many people think that being diagnosed as clinically obese is when you have to start worrying about the health implications of being overweight, the reality is much more sobering.

A global study, Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years has found that of the 4 million deaths in 2015 attributed to people being overweight, almost 40 per cent were not considered clinically obese.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the paper highlighted a “growing and disturbing public health crisis”, with more than 2 billion children and adults suffering from health problems that could be linked to being overweight. Such diseases include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, and were present in a growing number who actually had a body mass index lower than 30 – above which you are considered obese.

The study looked at result from over 195 countries and territories from 1980 to 2015. Of the 30 per cent who were classed as being affected by excess weight 108 million children and 600 million adults were classed as obese.

Since 1980, obesity rates have doubled in more than 70 countries, of which, perhaps surprisingly, Egypt tops the list, with 35 per cent of adults classed as obese. What is most worrying is that despite continued warnings about the risk of excess weight on health, the rate of obesity is increasing faster among children than adults. And no, it’s not the US that is leading the way, rather the developing nations of China 15.3 million and India with 14.4 million.



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    6th Jul 2017
    The obesity issues are probably related to the ever increasing intake of sugar. Especially in soft drinks and processed foods. The BMI measurement used is also a load of rubbish. For the fist time in my life I not considered clinically obese. I'm a bit disappointed , it's because I'm losing muscle mass in my old age, I don't weight train as much. But I have never had much body fat, the BMI system can't tell the difference between fat and muscle.
    6th Jul 2017
    Not just sugar, but oil, ,people use oil in everything and it is very high in calories, yes even the healthy oils like olive oil and coconut, use very sparingly. Also too much salt will make you retain fluid. So if you can give up the salt, sugar and oil, or cut down and limit as much as possible.
    7th Jul 2017
    If you weight train and have above average muscle mass then the BMI becomes misleading as it will categorise you as obese.
    7th Jul 2017
    True. Just about every sportsperson would be classified as obese on BMI. However, most Australians are NOT elite sportspeople, Most are simply overweight or obese.

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