Obesity, Overweight and Mortality

Three new studies recently published in The Lancet (British) and the New England Journal of Medicine, examine the impact of being overweight (up to 20% "extra pounds") and obesity (more than 20% "extra pounds") on mortality. Put together, these studies indicate that being overweight does not increase one's mortality risk in a significantly measurable way. However, obesity does increase cardiac mortality, almost doubling it. You can find details in our obesity review.

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Last Modification - September 3, 2006