Obesity is the enemy.

Yes!  Severely obese individuals may lose as many as 14 years off their life.

20 previous studies were pooled and it was found that a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 raised the odds of dying early from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes compared to people of normal weight (BMI 20-25).

The lead investigator of the U.S. National Cancer Institute study found that the death rates in severely obese adults were about 2.5 times higher than in adults of normal weight range. 

We know that not becoming obese will extend your life… it is unsure if after being severely obese if weight loss would markedly increase life span.

For more information on obesity, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_147194.html

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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