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Study links high BMI, waist circumference to increased mortality risk

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involving 115,400 Mexicans, ages 35 to 75, found that the risk for all-cause mortality was increased by 30% for every 5-unit rise in body mass index at baseline, while those aged between 40 and 60 had a 40% greater risk, compared with 24% among those aged 60 to 74. Findings also showed that mortality risk was roughly 50% higher among those aged 40 to 70 with a waist circumference of about 100 cm, compared with those with an 80 cm waist circumference.

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