Those who suffer with obesity at the age of 25 are far more likely to also have weight problems over the age of 35, according to a new study from researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health, Hunter College.
For the study the researchers reviewed health records collected as part of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They found that men who were obese at the age of 25 have a 23.1 percent chance of obesity over the age of 35, compared to a 1 percent chance for men who were not overweight.
"The current findings suggest that the biological risks of longer-term obesity are primarily due to the risk of more severe obesity later in life among those obese early in life, rather than the impact of long-term obesity per se," the researchers explained. "This is good news in some respects, as overweight and obese young adults who can prevent additional weight gain can expect their biological risk factors to be no worse than those who reach the same level of BMI later in life."