Study: Obesity Takes 8 Years Off Your Life.

weight_loss_diet_male1With just a few weeks left in the calendar, many of us are looking to the new year to make life changes and resolutions.

The most common resolution is to losing weight (getting fit and eating healthier foods are numbers 7 and 8 on the list, respectively). This as a new report by United Health Foundation found that the obesity rate ballooned to 29.5% last year - up from 27.5% a year before. Nearly a quarter of the people surveyed said they hadn’t done any exercise in the last 30 days.

As such, it seems particularly timely that McGill University Health Centre released a study finding that obese individuals have the potential to decrease life expectancy by up to 8 years. In a world where all of us complain that life is passing by too quickly, cutting 8 years from the end of our life is massive. It’s nearly 3,000 days. More than 70,000 hours. I don’t have 8 extra years to spare. Do you?

According Dr. Steven Grover, the study’s lead author:

The pattern is clear - the more an individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the effect on their health. In terms of life-expectancy, we feel being overweight is as bad as cigarette smoking.

Moreover, the study found that obese individuals can develop diabetes or cardiovascular disease earlier in life; the excess weight can rob obese individuals of nearly two decades of healthy life. It’s an alarming statistic.

Though it’s often used as such, I don’t like using fear as a motivator. Sure, it’s effective. But it’s also negative.

Rather than being motivated to lose weight, eat healthier and move more by a fear of dying, I’d encourage everyone - regardless of their shape or size - to exercise because they love life. The flip side of this study is that fit people live longer, healthier, more productive lives. And that’s a beautiful thing.

Whatever motivates you, get started. The near year holiday is just around the corner - and today is the perfect day to get a jump start on your resolution.

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  1. Joe O'Brien says:

    Hello Davey, I have just begun to research the vitamins & minerals I take daily. Not just a Centrum multivitamin but the foods and beverages I consume daily. Now, according to my findings, men my age (45) should have 10-12mg of iron a day, however… Centrum provides 8mg and a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl has about 100mg. So, my question is are we consuming too much iron, daily? It seems like a losing battle. We have to eat and we should eat healthily but is 10-12mg of iron a day realistic? Help me out here. Thanks. P.S. I don’t have a breakfast bowl every day, just Fridays. But now, maybe no more.

  2. Hi Davey,

    I love the idea of exercising just because I love it. My new motto for myself & my clients is to meet me where we are.

    It kind of scared me a little bit too. 😉

    thanks for the blog!