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Children with severe obesity at age 4 may have a life expectancy of just 39: Study

The study included more than 10 million participants from countries around the world, approximately 2.7 million of whom were aged between 2 and 29 years.

Children with severe obesity at age 4 may have a life expectancy of just 39: Study

The study includes more than 10 million participants from countries around the world.



IANS

New Delhi, May 15

A child who is living with severe obesity at age four and doesn't lose weight may have a life expectancy of just 39 -- about half the average life expectancy, finds a study.

This "profound effect" of obesity, however, could be curbed by losing weight, the study showed.

The study was presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy.

"The early onset obesity model shows that weight reduction has a striking effect on life expectancy and comorbidity risk, especially when weight is lost early in life," said Dr Urs Wiedemann of Stradoo GmbH, a life sciences consultancy in Munich, Germany.

"It is clear that childhood obesity should be considered a life-threatening disease. It is vital that treatment isn't put off until the development of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or other 'warning signs' but starts early," Dr Wiedemann said.

For the study, the researchers created an early-onset obesity model based on data from 50 existing clinical studies on obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular events, and fatty liver.

The study included more than 10 million participants from countries around the world, approximately 2.7 million of whom were aged between 2 and 29.

The results also showed that a 4-year-old child with a body mass index of 3.5 (which indicates severe obesity) and who doesn't go on to lose weight has a 27 per cent risk of developing diabetes by the age of 25 and a 45 per cent risk by the age of 35.


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