A U.S. study of more than 1,500 obese adults who were about to undergo bariatric surgery found that those who were class 2 obese or greater at age 18 were more prone to health problems as adults, including diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, lower-extremity venous edema and asthma. Those who were class 1 obese as 18-year-olds also had a greater likelihood of experiencing these health conditions in adulthood, but had a lower risk than those who were heavier. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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