Obesity and Life Expectancy


Research has shown that your BMI clearly affects your life expectancy, as can be seen in the chart below.

BMI and Life Expectancy
  • Younger and middle aged men and women have an increasing risk of dying prematurely as their BMI increases from ideal (19-25) to over weight (25-30) to moderately obese (30 to 40) and beyond.21
  • Teens entering adulthood with BMI over 40 die 8-13 years earlier than general population 2


References:
  1. Freedman DM et al. Int J of Obesity. 2006; 30: 822-292.
  2. Fontaine KR et al. JAMA. 2003; 289: 187-93.