Eating Your Way to an Early Death?
It’s no secret that excess weight can put you at risk for many of today’s fatal illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. But did you know that obesity can send you to an early grave?
Shocking, but absolutely true.
A study published in the Lancet found that all those burgers, pizza, cakes, and chips that you love so much are quite literally killing you—slowly AND early—due to the fact that excess body fat and an elevated body mass index (BMI) increases your risk of an early death.
Researchers looked at findings from nearly 240 studies with a combined total of more than 10 million people in 32 countries.1 After excluding smokers, those with a chronic condition, or those who died within the first five years of follow-up, researchers were left with a pool of 4 million participants.
From this group, they looked at each person’s BMI (body mass index), a common tool used to determine if a person is obese, overweight, normal weight, or under weight. Researchers found that those people with a BMI of 20-24.9 (normal weight) were the least likely to die during the study period.
Conversely, those whose BMI was 25 or above and even those below 20 were significantly more likely to die during the study period. This was, especially men with high BMIs. Key causes of death included coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and cancer—all of which have been associated with excess weight.
The good news is your BMI is well within your control. You can work to keep your BMI in the healthy range by eating a diet rich in protein, fruits and vegetables, fiber, and healthy fats. Daily exercise also supports a healthy metabolism and promotes optimum weight, while regular, consistent sleep ensures that your weight (and by default your BMI) stays in the healthy range.=
And here’s where The Sherpa can help, thanks to a few nutritional and fitness programs designed by Natural Health Sherpa you can lose weight and reduce your BMI:
- Metabolic Factor: Discover how to transform your body from a sugar burner to a fat burner.
- Metabolic Aftershock: With just 15 minutes 3 times a week, your body will stay in fat burning mode up to 48 hours after your workout is complete.
By using the tools and information we provide, you can be sure to keep your BMI lower and your lifespan longer!
1. The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration. Body-mass index and all-cause mortality: individual-participant-data meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies in four continents. Lancet. 20 Aug 2016:388(10046):776-86.
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