If young obese people do not force themselves to lose weight before reaching adulthood, then the likelihood of premature death for any reason for them will increase by 22%.
These are the conclusions reached by Chinese scientists from Huazhong University in the course of a study that analyzed data from 36,051 people aged 25 to 47 years. The results of their work are quoted by The Sun.
The study lasted 12 years, before the start of the volunteers reported to the experts data on their initial weight at 25 and 16 years, and then transmitted information about the fluctuations in weight to observers during the entire duration of the experiment. During this time, for one reason or another, 10,500 men and women died. The results showed that those of them who gained extra pounds or began to suffer from obesity between the ages of 25 and 47 years, the risk of death at an early age increased by 22%. And if people, even after reaching maturity, did not manage to pull themselves together, these numbers for them grew even more. Scientists stressed that it is very important to normalize their weight before reaching 50, because those who lost weight and normalized their body mass index between middle age or old age were still at risk. Also, scientists drew attention to the fact that the most dangerous thing is maintaining excess weight throughout adulthood: initially obese people who participated in the experiment increased their risk of premature death to an alarming 72%.
"Stable obesity in adulthood, weight gain with every year of life and even weight loss after 40 years of age and older are associated with an increased risk of mortality," the scientists concluded.
In addition, the researchers noted that 49% of the overweight people in their group of volunteers had serious cardiovascular problems.