Jamie McManus, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Education
The first step to achieving good health is getting your weight under
New studies confirm that obesity is on the rise, bringing with it a
greater risk of diabetes and a lower life expectancy.
Overweight linked with premature death
In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association
featured a study that found that obesity appears to lessen life
expectancy, especially among young adults. The researchers compared
Body-Mass Index (BMI) to longevity and found a correlation between
premature death and higher BMIs. For example, a 20-year-old white male,
5’10” weighing 288 pounds with a BMI of greater than 40 was estimated
to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity. While this study
referenced extreme levels of obesity, there are still millions of
overweight Americans with a life expectancy rate that is three to five
years less than their healthy-weight counterparts.