Obesity in early 20s curbs chances of reaching middle age

April 29, 2013, Medical Xpress

Young men who are obese in their early 20s are significantly more likely to develop serious ill health by the time they reach middle age, or not even make it that far, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

It’s well known that obesity in adulthood poses a risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it’s not been clear whether obesity in early adulthood strengthens that risk.

The authors tracked the health of 6,500 Danish 22-year-old men for 33 years up to the age of 55. All of them had been born in 1955, and had registered with the Military Board for a fitness test to gauge their suitability for military service. Continue reading