Trajectory of body shape in early and middle life and all cause and cause specific mortality: results from two prospective US cohort studies

BMJ, 4 May 2016

This prospective cohort study aims to assess body shape trajectories in early and middle life in relation to risk of mortality.

The study finds that using the trajectory approach, heavy body shape from age 5 up to 50, especially the increase in middle life, was associated with higher mortality. In contrast, people who maintained a stably lean body shape had the lowest mortality. These results indicate the importance of weight management across the lifespan.

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