More Americans are overweight than ever before. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that obesity is more deadly than previously estimated. The study, which examined data from 1986 to 2006, when Americans were comparatively lean, determined that as many as 18% of deaths of individuals aged 40 to 85 are linked to obesity.
An NBC News report on August 15, 2013 titled: (“Heavy burden: Obesity may be even deadlier than thought” ), reported many factors increase a person’s likelihood of weight problems, from income to level of education. And people who are significantly overweight are more likely to have other unhealthy habits, such as smoking and poor diets.
“People who are overweight or obese are far more likely than thinner people to have heart disease, cancer or diabetes, and to have strokes or heart attacks,” NBC reported. “Usually, but not always, heavier people are less fit than thinner people and exercise can clearly protect you from death and disease.” This is just another reason why exercise should be an important part of your lifestyle.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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