Healthy habits help, but not enough for obese adults

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A new study was done on obesity. It was published on May 26 in JAMA Network Open.

This study looked at how living a healthy lifestyle affects people with obesity compared to those of normal weight.

Who Did the Study?

Nathalie Rassy, Ph.D., and her team from Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris carried out the study. They looked at 438,583 adults from the U.K. Biobank.

These people were aged 40 to 73 years and did not have any major obesity-related disease when the study started. The team followed these people for 12.8 years.

What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Mean?

In this study, a healthy lifestyle included four things. One, not smoking. Two, exercising regularly. Three, drinking no or only moderate amounts of alcohol. Four, eating a healthy diet.

What Did the Researchers Find?

The team found that adults with obesity who followed all four healthy habits had a lower risk of getting certain diseases.

These included high blood pressure, heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, arteriosclerosis, kidney failure, gout, sleep disorders, and mood disorders.

The lowest risks were linked with eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and never smoking.

But, even those who followed these healthy habits still had a higher risk for several diseases compared to adults of normal weight.

The Main Conclusion

The study found that living a healthy lifestyle can help lower the risk of obesity-related diseases. But it does not entirely remove the health risks that come with obesity.

So, while healthy habits are good, they are not enough for adults with obesity.

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The study was published in JAMA Network Open.

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