Being overweight at any point in adulthood, even temporarily, increases the risk of an early death, scientists have found.
An analysis of data from 225,000 people aged 25 to 91 found becoming overweight at any stage could have a detrimental impact on health later.
The researchers, at Harvard School of Public Health and Boston University, found that the more weight someone put on, the greater the risk of early death.
People who had a peak body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30 – classed as overweight – had a 6% increased risk of death from any cause within the next 12 years, the Daily Mail reported.
Those classed as obese with a BMI between 30 and 35 had a 24% higher risk of dying in the same time frame.
The increased chance of death in the next dozen years was 73% for the severely obese with a BMI of more than 35.
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