Obesity 'as bad as cigarette smoking' for life expectancy, study says

December 5, 2014 5:08 PM

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Obesity 'as bad as cigarette smoking' for life expectancy, study says

If you haven't yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death.

Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000 people of varying body weights, then created a computer model that estimates the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease and assesses how weight affects life expectancy.

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