A new study has shown that people carrying around a few extra pounds were more likely to be hospitalized than skinny folks!
And we don't just mean the obese. The study found that even overweight people were more likely to end up in the hospital!
"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. 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) still increases your risk."
They found that every time a person's BMI (body mass index) went up a points, about 6 or 7 pounds, they were 4% more likely to end up in the hospital.
A preventive medicine researcher not involved in the study said:
"[The study] gives the public one more reason to try to lose weight. Extending this research to overweight individuals… is a unique contribution. Basically it tells tens of millions of Americans that, 'You are now at risk.'"
Which may be scary, but is also a good wake up call.
So even being just mildly overweight is bad for your health!
If there's one thing America needs to hear, it's: "Get that ass MOVING!"
Let's start a fitness revolution!
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