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Topic: Overweight and length of life correlations
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Jim Hahn

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Overweight and length of life correlations
Posted: Jul 1, 1996 1:41 PM
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My intent is not to start or participate in another "cigarette
smoking" flame war.

That said .... I wonder if anyone can point me to any studies or just the
conclusions on a subject. I know that overweight people have trouble
doing physical exercise. I suspect that overweight people live shorter
lives than people who are skinny. Yes, lots and lots of other factors
may lurk in here - like "People that exercise tend to be skinnier and
live longer" or "Skinny people are less happy." I am interested in
only weight and life expectancy. If it's important to somehow include
some other factor, like age, fine. Male/female is probably important.

Given some model weight based on height, how much shorter a life
might a person live?

Example using _made_up_ numbers:

The ideal weight for a male six feet tall is 170 pounds. His life
expecancy is 82 years old. Tabularly:

Six foot
male Life
weight expectancy
----- ---------
160 84
170 82
180 76
190 75
200 73
210 71
220 70
... ...

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