Obesity Can Take 8 Years Off Your Life, Study Finds

December 5, 2014 5:19 PM

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The research out of McGill University has found that obesity can shorten your life expectancy by up to eight years. In addition, excess weight can cut the average lifespan by close to two decades of healthy years, thanks to the increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Professor and epidemiologist Steven Grover, M.D., the study's lead author, said that the age at which you pack on those extra pounds is a key factor and that the worst outcomes were in people who gained the weight at younger ages.

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