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A collaboration between Dr Linsay Gray of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Harvard School of Public Health in the US and University College London has found that the apparent link between weight in early adulthood and death from heart disease many decades later may not be the end of the story.

Harmful effects of obesity in early adulthood can be overcome

posted on: Nov 2, 2011

 

A collaboration between Dr Linsay Gray of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Harvard School of Public Health in the US and University College London has found that the apparent link between weight in early adulthood and death from heart disease many decades later may not be the end of the story.
 
Lead author, Dr Linsay Gray said: “Many studies have examined the impact of weight in middle-age on the risk of serious illnesses. We were investigating the effects of obesity in young adulthood and asking how does that impact on health later in life? We found almost double the risk of death from heart disease death in men who were obese in their late teens. However, the observed link could be explained by the fact that obese people tend to remain so throughout life. Taking out the effect of obesity in middle-age, the effect of weight early adulthood is greatly reduced”.
 
These findings suggest it's never too late to lose weight. It's important to keep extra weight off in the first place, but if young adults are overweight, they can lower their future heart risks by slimming down.
 
The Wellcome Trust-funded study used data collected from almost 20,000 men who attended HarvardUniversity between 1914 and 1952.