Obesity and Life Expectancy

Research has shown that your BMI clearly affects your life expectancy, as can be seen in the chart below. That is why it is so important to join a weight loss program sooner rather than later.

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




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

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