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Teenagers at upper end of normal body weight have higher mortality in adult life, study shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2192 (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2192
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Adolescents at the upper end of the range for normal body weight have higher cardiovascular and all cause mortality in young adulthood or midlife, shows a large follow-up study that found an even higher risk in people who were overweight or obese in their teenage years.1

Researchers followed up 2.3 million Israeli adolescents (mean age 17.3 ± 0.4 years) for 40 years, looking at deaths in relation to baseline body mass index (BMI). Study participants were included in a …

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