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    Study: Extreme Obesity Cuts 14 Years Off Life

    The late Manuel Uribe, once known as the world's largest man, talks on the phone at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 8, 2008.
    The late Manuel Uribe, once known as the world's largest man, talks on the phone at his home in the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 8, 2008.
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    It is no secret that being obese is a health risk, but a new study shows just how dangerous being overweight can be.

    Medical researchers say being severely obese can cut as much as 14 years off a person's life — about the same as smoking.

    The study says those who are extremely overweight are at greater risk of dying early from heart disease, cancer, diabetes or a stroke.

    Doctors calculate weight and height to come up with a number called body mass index. People with a BMI of 40 or more are considered to be extremely obese.

    The study appears in the online medical journal PLOS Medicine.

    Some information for this report comes from Reuters.

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    by: Tia
    July 08, 2014 7:33 PM
    I think that more coverage of the subjects of obesity and diabetes on mass media may help bring even more awareness. I have learned that all people at risk of diabetes may not be aware of it, if I remember correctly.

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