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How does obesity affect life expectancy?

Studies have suggested that the effects of obesity are similar to aging 20 years, but researchers disagree about the impact of obesity on life expectancy. Some researchers have calculated that obesity currently shortens life expectancy by four to nine months and that life expectancy could continue to decline by as much as five years if obesity trends continue.

Other reports suggest that despite the prevalence of debilitating, obesity-related illnesses, Americans are living longer. There is no winning outcome. Americans are either dying sooner or they are living longer with pain.

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