Beware! Going on a diet in middle age trims your lifespan

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Beware! Going on a diet in middle age trims your lifespan

The biggest risk of a shortened lifespan comes for those who have been obese throughout adulthood

Sarah Knapton

Obese people are shortening their lives if they slim to a “healthy” weight from their middle age, a study suggests.

People who are dangerously overweight – with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 – are encouraged by the UK National Health Service (NHS) to discuss losing weight with their doctor, to avoid conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

But research by Chinese scientists who looked at the health records of more than 36,000 people in the US found those who were obese after 47, but went on to lose their excess weight, were more likely to die earlier than those who stayed overweight...

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