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Most people likely to become overweight as they age

ObesityOct 04, 05

A 30-year study finds that most adults—nine out of 10 men, seven out of 10 women—are likely to be or become overweight as they grow older.

The report, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was based on the experience of more than 4,000 white adults who were the second generation of a long-term study of heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Participants were the offspring of the original Framingham Heart Study subjects, and were 30 to 59 years old when the next-generation study began. They were followed from 1971 to 2001.

“National surveys and other studies have told us that the United States has a major weight problem, but this study suggests that we could have an even more serious degree of overweight and obesity over the next few decades,” said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the institute.

“These results may underestimate the risks for some ethnic groups,” she said, noting that other studies have shown that Hispanic and black individuals, especially women, have a greater prevalence of excess weight than their white counterparts.

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