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Obesity Kills

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has confirmed being overweight takes years off your life.

Two out of three Americans are now overweight or obese. Being overweight takes an average of three years off your life expectancy. Being obese is worse; it takes about seven years off your life.

Smoking exacerbates the problem; obese smokers died more than thirteen years sooner than average.

It has been known for a long time that overweight people have shorter life expectancies and they suffer more disease and disability. This is the first large scale study to measure exactly how many years are lost.

A 2005 study in the Lancet found obese women were biologically nine years older than women of normal weight. Anyone who is more than five pounds overweight will have measurable biochemical abnormalities. This means overweight people are diseased. There is only one disease - malfunctioning cells. These measurable abnormalities are the result of cellular malfunction caused by deficiency and toxicity.

Our nation must begin to take the overweight epidemic seriously. Addressing this epidemic should become a national priority. Since sugar is the leading contributor to overweight, government action to control this deadly toxin is badly needed. Children especially need to be protected.