Study links higher BMI in teens with higher heart disease risk later

04/6/2011 | Washington Post, The

Data on 37,000 healthy, male Israeli teens found that those with a body mass index above 20.7 had a threefold risk of developing heart disease in their 30s and 40s, while those with a BMI exceeding 25 were seven times more likely to develop heart disease later in life. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, noted a 12% increase in the risk of heart disease for every one-unit increase in BMI.

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