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Obesity and Trends in Life Expectancy

Author: Helen L. Walls, Kathryn Backholer, Joseph Proietto, and John J. McNeil
Organisation: McNeil Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia
Publish Date: 2012
Country: Global
Sector: Health
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Food
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Obesity, Population trends, Life expectancy, Health care system

This paper suggests several factors that may be masking the effects of obesity on life expectancy. It is possible that health and life expectancy gains could be even greater if it was not for the increasing prevalence of extreme obesity. It is also possible that the principal impact of obesity is on disability-free life expectancy rather than on life expectancy itself. Conclusion. If the principal impact of obesity were through disability-free life expectancy rather than on life expectancy itself, this would have substantial implications for the health of individuals and the future burden on the health care system.
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