Findings concluded from a 30-year study released by the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and published in the Journal of American Medical Association demonstrate a direct correlation between heart disease and obesity. Specifically, the study showed that a person’s risk of subclinical coronary heart disease increased by 2 to 4% for each year of obesity.

Jared Reis, the study’s lead author, defines subclinical heart disease as arterial damage, such as build up or increased cholesterol that may or may not demonstrate as symptoms of heart disease. Increasing the concern associated with obesity, the study demonstrated that the longer one is obese, specifically with abdominal obesity (belly fat), the higher risk for heart disease.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease Associated with Obesity

Interestingly, the study started in the early 1980’s and followed 3,300 adults between the ages of 18 and 30, none of which were obese at the start of the study. Shockingly, over the course of the study, over 40% of the participants became obese, most staying that way for several years. The findings of the study conclude that nearly 40% of the study participants who were obese for at least 20 years demonstrated a significantly higher rate of build-up in the arteries than those who maintained a normal, healthy body weight.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s complete study is available here:

With over 30% of the adult population considered obese, this study demonstrates alarming findings, especially since many people are becoming obese while children or teens.  Many experts predict if current trends continue, we will see a significant increase in diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks in teens and in people in their 20’s and 30’s.

Fortunately, obesity does not have to be a life-sentence.  Several natural foods, when combined with an effective exercise program, demonstrate to be effective in burning fat and losing weight.

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Article Source:

Reis JP, Loria CM, Lewis CE, et al. Association Between Duration of Overall and Abdominal Obesity Beginning in Young Adulthood and Coronary Artery Calcification in Middle Age. JAMA. 2013;310(3):280-288. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7833

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