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Study Shows Connection Between Obesity and Daily Tasks

from University College London

Researchers at the University College London have discovered that individuals who have obesity from childhood to middle age are more than twice as likely to have challenges with daily tasks such as lifting objects and climbing stairs by the time they are 50 years old, according to a new study.

Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study found that persons with obesity in early life had more than double the risk of difficulties with such tasks than those who were never obese. Researchers noted that longer duration of obesity had the most impact on risk, with those becoming obese in middle age having a smaller increase in risk.

"Our study therefore emphasizes the importance of preventing and delaying the onset of obesity in order to mitigate the risk of poor physical functioning in middle age," said the study's lead author Nina Rogers, PhD, MSc, BSc, of University College London Epidemiology and Public Health.

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