A study published in the journal Obesity evaluated the individual and aggregate years-of-life-lost (YLL) associated with being overweight or obese. The good news for many of us is that they found that being overweight or mildly obese was not statistically associated with a reduction in life expectancy. This means only that the effect was small compared to other factors. The bad news is that higher levels of obesity are associated with a lower expected life expectancy. Higher levels of obesity are responsible for approximately 95 million YLL. White females accounted for more than two-thirds of the YLL.
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