Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says

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Rising obesity rates in the U.S. may be responsible for as many as 186,000 deaths per year, according to a new analysis. The U.S. has seen only relatively modest improvements in mortality rates over the past couple decades, despite public health victories including major reductions in smoking. Death rates tied to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses, for example, declined more slowly in the U.S. than in any of 13 similarly developed nations between 1999 and 2015. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Boston University School of Public Health thought rising obesity rates might have something to... Read More

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