Extreme Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy Up to 14 Years

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BETHESDA, Md — Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to an analysis published inPLOS Medicine.

The study, which pooled data from 20 large studies of people from 3 countries, found that people with class 3 obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight.

“While once a relatively uncommon condition, the prevalence of ...

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