Obese Men May Not Make It to Middle Age

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Apr 30, 2013

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Obese Men May Not Make It to Middle Age

A study published in the journal BMJ Open has suggested than men in their twenties, who are obese may consider the start of their midlife crisis a little early.

In the study, young but overweight men were found to be 30 percent more likely to die before or during their middle age than those who weigh normal. These young obese men were found to have developed serious health conditions by the time they cross 55 years, according to the study.

Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark followed 6,500 men for 33 years, initiating their researcher with participants between the ages of 22 and 33. The men who were obese in their twenties and early thirties fared far worse than men of normal weight, researchers said.

With the obesity rate nearing 30 percent in the U.S. and abroad, the researchers said, “obesity-related morbidity and mortality will, in decades to come, place an unprecedented burden on healthcare systems worldwide.”

The findings are not surprising, said Dara Cohen, MD, professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Obesity can lead to a host of metabolic diseases that can cut your life short.

“Eating less and exercising more, and making healthy food changes can make a huge difference,” she said.” It can help you lose weight and ward off diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

However, beating obesity is difficult, Cohen said, which makes it more important to stop kids and young adults from becoming obese in the first place. Preventing obesity begins in the classroom, she said, and teaching kids how to exercise and eat healthy can help them live long, healthy lives.


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