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Obesity in young blacks is linked to a 20 year reduction in life span

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7381.126/i (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:126
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Obesity can diminish a person's life expectancy by more than 10 years, and among black men it can shorten life span by as much as 20 years, according to new research. Obesity is particularly dangerous for adults in their 20s and 30s.

    Dr David Allison from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and colleagues used data from three large, national epidemiological studies conducted between 1970 and 1999 to estimate the expected number of years of life lost due to overweight and obesity across the life span of an adult. …

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