1 In 5 Deaths Linked To Being Overweight Or Obese: Does This Mean You?

August 20, 2013 6:21 AM

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1 In 5 Deaths Linked To Being Overweight Or Obese: Does This Mean You?

Almost one fifth of all deaths in the U.S. are associated with being overweight, according to a startling new report from Columbia University and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. And the kicker? For each consecutive birth year (in other words, the younger you are) the higher the death rate.

In a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health, a team of researchers led by epidemiologist Ryan K. Masters looked at death records and health surveys for all adults for a 20-year period between 1986 and 2006. They found that 18.2 percent of all deaths were associa...

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