Obesity as Bad for Us as Smoking

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weightBeing obese might be as bad as smoking, says a new report from the University of Oxford.

After studying nearly 1 million people, researchers found people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23 or 24, the normal range, lived the longest.

Those with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight. Obese people have BMIs of 30 or above. So here's how their research broke down:

  • BMI of 30 to 35 lost 3 years of life on average.
  • BMI of 40 or more lost 10 years of life.

Obese people are more likely to die of heart attack or stroke, and are up to four time more likely to die of diabetes, kidney or liver problems. They are slightly more likely to die of cancer.

Is this totally scary? I'll show this research to family members who need to exercise more and eat better--and it wouldn't hurt if they stopped smoking, too.

Do you think being overweight is as unhealthy as smoking?

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