Paris: Men who are obese in their early 20s are twice as likely as peers of average weight to die before reaching the age of 55, a study said Tuesday.Writing in the British Medical Journal Open, a team of researchers reported on a 33-year study of 6,500 Danish men who were 22 years old in 1955.Of the group, 1.5 percent or 97 were obese when they registered -- which means they had a weight-to-height ratio (body mass index or BMI) of 30 or more, said the study authors.Most of the group, 83 percent or 5,407, were within the "normal" weight range -- classified as a BMI of anything between 18.5 and 25.Nearly half of the obese group were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure by age 55, had had a heart attack, a stroke or blood clots in the legs or lungs, or were dead.
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