Association between Class III Obesity (BMI of 40-59 kg/m2) and Mortality: A Pooled Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

PLoS medicine, Volume 11, Issue 7, p.e1001673 (2014)

Keywords:

2014, July 2014, Public Health Sciences Division

Abstract:

The prevalence of class III obesity (body mass index [BMI]≥40 kg/m2) has increased dramatically in several countries and currently affects 6% of adults in the US, with uncertain impact on the risks of illness and death. Using data from a large pooled study, we evaluated the risk of death, overall and due to a wide range of causes, and years of life expectancy lost associated with class III obesity.