Jan 13, 2016 02:27 AM EST
Obesity is marked as a condition in which a person is gaining excessive body fat that leads to a point where negative effects in the body are evident. A recent study shows that obesity can still shorten a person's life after he or she loses weight.
A team of researchers from Boston University School of Public Health and University of Pennsylvania conducted the study. The researchers started the research by analyzing the data of over 6,000 Americans and found out that the mortality rate of those who lost weight after being obese is remarkably high.
The results showed that those people who were always under the normal weight was registered with a mortality rate of 6.25 per 1,000, while those who are formerly overweight garnered a rate of 10.81 per 1,000. But as for those who are formerly obese, they have recorded a massive 14.62 mortality rate.
Obesity is becoming one of the fastest spreading conditions all over the world. Based on the figures from the Health Survey for England in 2013, at least 61 percent of adults were either overweight or obese.
The researchers added that they included an exact body mass index (BMI) measurement to avoid distortions that previous surveys had done. The team members explained in their statement that these distortions published in recent surveys have altered the public's view on overweight and obesity, making these two weight conditions look less harmful than they really are.
The researchers also stated that by failing to include the correct data, it will reflect on the study results as it will make the blurs the benefits of not becoming overweight at all. The scientists concluded their statement by saying that obesity will affect anyone, regardless of physical attributes or age. They also added that their study was able to showcase the burden of being either overweight or obese and its link to mortality and that this result is more detailed than the previously released ones.