Fat Could Be the New Smoking in Terms of Life Expectancy

December 22, 2014 7:41 PM

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When you're thinking about loading up on that second helping of apple pie, you might want to remember the results of a just-released study from McGill University. It showed that obesity can reduce your lifespan by eight years. The study examined the records of 3,993 people logged in a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination between 2003 and 2010 for whom comprehensive data were available. That included a blood sugar panel, indicating the metabolic states induced by that slice of apple pie.

The investigators found that those who were overweight or obese had sharply reduced lifespans. Being overweight also affects your health span and puts you at increased risk other diseases. The term "health span" refers to your years of healthy life -- do you really want an extra decade in a nursing ...

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