People who are obese live a shorter life than those who are a normal weight. They also live with heart disease longer than those who are a normal weight. There was a study done that involved 190,000 adults in the United States. None of the participants had heart disease. Sixty percent of the women in the study were overweight. Seventy percent of men in the study were overweight.
The results of the study showed that overweight men who were between the ages of 40 and 59 were 21 percent more likely to develop heart disease. Overweight women were 32 percent more likely to develop heart disease. Middle-aged men who were obese were 67 percent more likely to develop heart disease. Middle-aged women who were obese were 85 percent more likely to develop heart disease.
Dr. Sadiya Khan works at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She stated that the results of the study show that obesity is associated with a shorter, sicker life. Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease by itself. It also increases the risk of high blood pressure.
The results of the study contradict the findings of previous studies. Previous studies have suggested that obese people live longer. However. Dr. Khan stated that these studies did not account for people who developed poor health early in life due to obesity.
The study does have limitations. The researchers recorded the subjects’ weights prior to the study. However, they did not take into account any weight fluctuations. The researchers also used BMI to determine whether someone was obese. BMI is often criticized because it does not distinguish between muscle weight and fat weight.
However, Dr. Haitman Ahmed, who works at the Cleveland Clinic in the cardiac rehabilitation department, agrees with the results of the study. He stated that the results of the study prove that there are no benefits that come along with having a higher BMI. He encourages people who are overweight to lose weight for their health.