Researchers in Israel found when late teens are obese their risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in adulthood increases significantly. Here are a few of the hazard ratios:
- Coronary heart disease deaths: HR 4.9
- Total cardiovascular mortality: HR 3.5
- Death from stroke: HR 2.6
- Sudden death: HR 2.1
Interestingly, the impact of teenage obesity was seen by middle-age, well before cardiovascular deaths are the greatest.
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Adapted from PositiveChoices.com