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Obesity increases risk of multiple disease

A study by researchers in the Division of Health & Social Care Research found that obese people have a similar disease profile to normal-weight people who are decades older than them. 

The study, which was published in Family Practice  this month was conducted using data from over 200,000 adults in the Clinical Practice Research Database, a database containing primary care records from around 7% of the UK population. The results showed that as body mass index rises patients’ risk of developing additional diseases increases. 

Helen Booth, PhD student in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, said: “the results are likely to reinforce the experience of many health care professionals working with obese patients. They highlight the need to identify and monitor obesity, as well as controlling other risk factors for disease, such as hypertension, in these patients”.

The study was published in Family Practice on the Thursday 17 October 2013.

View the full study here