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Obesity at Age 20 Linked to Early Death

Study Shows Increased Risk of Premature Death for People Who Are Obese as Young Adults

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Such information will help shape more effective prevention strategies. "Obesity is a marker that there will be problems down the road," he says. "In broad strokes, we can say that if obese people change their lifestyle, they will do better, but there may be more to it than this."

George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD, the S. Daniel Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition and associate director of nutrition at Harvard Medical School in Boston, tells WebMD that this new information may help individuals grasp the consequences of obesity.

"In this day and age, everyone wants to live as long as they can, and we really haven't had the [mortality] card to play before," he says.

"This is another wake-up call," he tells WebMD. "On top of all the problems that the obese have, obesity doubles your risk of death if you are obese at age 20."

Importantly, Blackburn adds, "it is never too late to make healthy changes," he says.

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