Proven undeniable harm of excess weight

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Scientists at the University of Glasgow proved the untenability of the assumption that excess weight increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and can also be beneficial to health. About it reported in a press release on EurekAlert!.

Experts analyzed the data obtained in the survey of 296 535 adult Europeans who participated in a long-term study, UK Biobank. The condition of the people was following until 2015, revealing that the body mass index (BMI), which is higher than 22-23 pounds per square foot (normal weight) associated with increased probability of developing cardiovascular disease. Growth was 13 percent for every excess of 5.2 kg per m2 in women and 4.3 kg / m2 in men.

It was thought that BMI above normal is not dangerous for health and may even reduce the risk of death if people are physically active. However a new study refutes this hypothesis, known as the “obesity paradox”. On body weight the likelihood of cardiovascular disease reduced to a minimum.

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