For all those people out there who think it is okay to be a little over weight, here is some not very good news, as per the latest studies people who are on the heavier side are likely at more risk to be hospitalized for a variety of diseases when compared to the lean ones. And this theory holds well not only for obese people but also for people who might be slightly overweight as per the International Journal of Obesity.
It was found that among middle aged adults an increase in BMI by 2.7 to 3.2 kilograms lead to increased chances of being hospitalized by 4%.
Rosemary Korda, lead author from Australian National University, Canberra says that obesity and increased BMI are responsible for a number of heart disease and also diabetes which results in hospitalization eventually.
Korda and her colleagues recruited 250,000 people over 45 years and above from the New South Wales and observed them under various criteria like height, weight and even lifestyle. Over the next two years they found that hospitalizations were severe in the cases of people who were obese and overweight. It was even noted whether the volunteers actually smoked or not and many such lifestyle related criteria were kept in mind. The results clearly revealed that increased weight was responsible for a lot of diseases like heart diseases, arthritis, chest pain and diabetes to name a few.
This research has proved to a boon to overweight individuals making them aware about the disadvantages of putting on excessive weight as per Robert Klesges, a preventive medicine researcher from the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre in Memphis who wasn’t involved in the study. A study also reveals that just fewer than 36% Americans are obese and 33% are overweight. The figure may sound disturbing but it has also made it clear that even a small reduction in excess weight can have a positive impact on one’s health.