Is long-term obesity on the rise in the U.S.?

06/3/2014 | American Journal of Preventive Medicine

People worldwide are becoming obese at earlier ages, increasing exposure to long-term obesity. In their study, the authors examined how BMI at age 25 predicts later obesity and tested the importance of long-term obesity beyond obesity severity for adult cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic risk. Research found that the biological risks of long-term obesity are primarily due to the risk of more severe obesity later in life among those obese early in life, rather than obesity duration. Current body weight rather than duration may be the best reflection of clinical cardiovascular and metabolic risk. (Available for CME credit.)

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