Study suggests that obesity alone does not pose higher risk of mortality

Earlier this month a study titled ‘‘Individuals with obesity but no other metabolic risk factors are not at significantly elevated all‐cause mortality risk in men and women’’ was published online in Clinical Obesity.

The study’s main objective was to demonstrate that obesity alone, without the presence of preclinical or clinical metabolic risk factors was not associated with a higher mortality risk.

The study analysed four existing datasets that measured individual’s nutrition intake, coronary heart risks and atherosclerosis risk. The merged dataset included more than 50,000 participants from a range of different surveys where BMI and metabolic risk factors such as risk for diabetes, dyslipidaemia and hypertension were measured. The study found that obesity in the absence of a metabolic risk factor was not associated with a higher mortality risk compared to the mortality risk of individuals with healthy weights.

In conclusion, the authors suggest that “obesity in the absence of metabolic abnormalities is not associated with increased risk for all‐cause mortality as compared to normal weight individuals. In contrast, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia in isolation and in combination are more strongly associated with increased mortality risk.”

Posted: 10/08/2018 09:27:57 by Sinead Hurley
Filed under: BMI, Healthy, Metabolic risk, Obesity


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