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World Obesity Day: Severe obesity in mid 20s and 30s may result in shorter life expectancy

Health update: We celebrate World Obesity Day to foster awareness against excessive weight gain.

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 11, 2018 17:38 IST ]

World Obesity Day: Severe obesity in mid 20s and 30s may result in shorter life expectancy 

Obesity being an epidemic all across the globe, we celebrate World Obesity Day to foster awareness against excessive weight gain.

As World Obesity Day was launched in the year 2015, we acknowledge this day every year on October 11. This year's theme for World Obesity Day is the stigma attached with weight.

Weight stigma is undoubtedly one of the last socially accepted forms of discrimination. And to tell you all, according to a new study if you are obese or overweight in your 20s and 30s, you can easily expect to lose up to 10 years in life expectancy.

The findings of the study have shown that men and women who are obese in their 20s will lose up to eight and six years respectively in their lives.

Additionally, the study that took place in Australia at The George Institute for Global Health revealed, if they are severely obese, men and women will lose 10 and eight years respectively.

"We know that excess weight has an impact on your health, but to have excess weight as a young adult is really significant on life expectancy. We are talking about losing up to 10 years of your life," said the lead researcher of the study -Thomas Lung.

People with obesity are at risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke, all which can decrease lifespan. 

"The study predicts adult obesity prevalence will increase to 35 per cent by 2025. We need to act now and have an obesity prevention strategy targeting adults at all ages and in particular young adults," Lung noted.

For the study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, the team used a model which calculated the expected amount of weight that adults put on every year depending on their age, sex and current weight. 

It also predicted remaining life expectancy for people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s in healthy, overweight, obese and severely obese weight categories and calculated the number of years lost over the lifetime for people with excess weight in each age group, compared to those with a healthy weight.

Importantly, the risks of early death associated with excess weight were apparent at every age group but decreased with age. 

Obese women in their 40s will experience a reduction of 4.1 years, whilst obese men stand to lose 5.1 years. 

Also, for individuals in their 60s, this reduction in life expectancy is estimated at 2.3 years for women and 2.7 years for men.

(IANS Inputs)

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