A new study finds that you don't have to be obese to suffer harmful effects from being overweight

Even if you’re not obese, pay attention

You don’t have to be obese to suffer negative effects from being overweight. That’s the finding of a new global study reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Of the 4 million deaths attributed to being overweight in 2015, nearly 40 percent of the victims were not considered clinically obese. The study found more than 2 billion children and adults suffered from health problems linked to being overweight, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

But an increasing percentage had a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30, the threshold for obesity.

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The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the findings highlighted “a growing and disturbing global public health crisis.”

Dr. Christopher Murray, author of the study, said, “People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk — risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Those half-serious New Year’s resolutions to lose weight should become year-round commitments to lose weight and prevent future weight gain.”

Dr. Murray is director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The study, which looked at 195 countries and territories from 1980 to 2015, revealed that 30 percent of the world’s population – 2.2 billion children and adults – are affected by excess weight, the BBC reported.

That includes about 108 million children and more than 600 million adults who are categorized as a having a BMI of higher than 30 and therefore medically defined as obese.

Obesity has been on the rise since 1980, doubling in more than 70 countries. The United States has the highest level of obesity among adults and children, at nearly 13 percent of the population, the study found.

The main culprits, health experts say, are that people are exercising less and adding more sugar to their diets.

At Signature Medical Group, we’d like to tackle both of those issues. Make an appointment today to talk with our sports medicine experts to get you on path toward a workout regimen to fit your needs. Also, our nutritionists and dietitians will put you on a diet that lets you maintain a healthy lifestyle.