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Obese teens face early death

25th July 2006

25072006_obeseteenager1.jpgExcess weight during the teen years raises a woman's risk of premature death later on from cancer, heart disease, or suicide, according to Harvard University study of more than 100,000 American women.

Women who were overweight or obese at age 18 were 66 percent more likely to die prematurely than their slimmer cohorts, a team at the Harvard School of Public Health reported.

The findings come from the long-running Nurses' Health Study II, which began following 116,671 female nurses in 1989. During 12 years of follow-up, 710 women died.

“Women with a low [body mass index] BMI at age 18 years had no extra risk for death when compared with those who were of normal weight, but a higher-than-normal BMI at age 18 years was associated with a higher risk for death,? the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

This was true even after the data were adjusted to account for smoking, which raises the likelihood of premature death in all groups, the study found.

The full report is titled “The Relationship between Overweight in Adolescence and Premature Death in Women.?

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