Washington: Adults with extreme obesity have increased risk of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, says a new research.
In the study, researchers classified participants according to their body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of total body fat and is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared.
BMI classifications (kilogram/metre-squared) for class III obesity is 40 or higher.
The study involved analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries – the US, Sweden and Australia.
“Given our findings, it appears that class III obesity is increasing and may soon emerge as a major cause of early death in this and other countries worldwide,” Patricia Hartge from NCI added.
The findings appeared in the journal PLOS Medicine.
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