Extra pounds may put you in the hospital, study finds

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Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalized for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study.

What’s more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for those who were merely overweight as well, the researchers wrote in the International Journal of Obesity.

Among middle-aged adults, researchers found that every extra body mass index (BMI) point – equal to about 2.7 to 3.2 kilograms (six or seven lbs) – was tied to a four percent higher chance of being admitted to the hospital over a two-year period.

“There is considerable evidence that severe obesity is bad for your health, resulting in higher rates of disease and consequently higher use of health services and higher death rates,” said lead author Rosemary Korda, from the Australian National University in Canberra.

“What this study shows is that there is a gradual increase in risk of hospitalization as BMI increases, starting with people in the overweight range. In other words, even being overweight (but not obese) increases your risk.”

via Extra pounds may put you in the hospital, study finds – Vitals.

Here’s one more reason to get all the way down to a normal weight.

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