Friday, 15 July 2016

Obesity: A Leading Cause Of Death, Particularly In Men

Obesity is one of the leading causes of death in today’s time. According to reports, obesity in men increases the risk of premature death than in women. A global survey has found that obesity is now the second most common factor of premature death, the first being smoking. A study of nearly 4 million people from different countries revealed that being overweight or obese elevates the risk of dying prematurely.

Obesity is an accumulation of adipose tissue (fat) in the body. Usually, people who have Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 are considered obese, while those who range between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. BMI is an ideal way to detect whether a person is overweight or obese. The study took BMI impact of four geographical regions under consideration, excluding confounding factors like smoking and existing medical conditions.

Researchers opine that premature death could be averted if people maintain healthy weight, instead of being fat. The study also found that overweight or obese men were more likely to die prematurely than overweight women. However, the study doesn’t lead us to the conclusion that obesity is the sole reason of premature death. Other factors such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, socio-economic status, ethnicity and underlying medical conditions may also increase the risk.

The study was conducted by more than 500 researchers from 32 countries. After analysing and evaluating the BMI and other factors of nearly 10 million people, researchers concluded that men had greater risk of premature death than women. In fact, the risk was stronger in younger people. The risk of premature death from stroke, heart disease and respiratory disease was high in people with BMI more than 25.

The adverse effects of obesity are discussed a lot in recent times, mainly due to the high incidence rate. People with high BMI are often prone to some or the other medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.
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It is imperative to keep your BMI within normal limits by a proper weight loss program, which includes healthy diet, regular exercise and anti-obesity medicines (if required).

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