People who have a BMI (Body Mass Index) more than 30 have a potential risk of cardiovascular arrest. A major study reveals being overweight increases the risk of premature death by 50%. Scientists say obesity rates could be higher than estimated. Even more, being slightly obese can raise the chance of severe diseases like Type 2 diabetes and arthritis. The study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow included 2.8 million adults from unnamed patient records. It shows people who crossed a healthy weight limit are vulnerable to having 10 out of 12 serious health problems. The list of diseases includes stroke, heart failure, angina, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and sleep angina. Among the 12 medical conditions, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea, had close ties with people’s weight.
People who are even slightly obese have twice the probability of getting Type 2 diabetes. As of today, more than one-fourth of UK adults lie under the category of obese. Around 6 in 10 are overweight, while health experts say the findings are extremely alarming for the country. Public Health England said strong action was needed to control obesity. The study also revealed people with severe obesity, i.e., BMI between 40-45, had 22 times greater risk of sleep apnoea. Those people also had triple the chance of high BP, heart attack, and irregular levels of cholesterol in the blood. Mainly, men were more at risk than women. Reportedly, previous health condition worked as a base for the new ones.
Dr Christiane Lundergaard Haase, study’s author, said the number of people living with obesity had increased three times across the world in the past three decades. Their finding has a severe impact on public health. As per Dr Christiane, BMI represents a significant changeable risk factor for boosting the risk of a wide array of severe health problems in the general population. Prof. Naveed Sattar, study’s co-author, says this finding warns us. He said the figures remind how harmful obesity has strong and close ties with a series of conditions.
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