This is true for people who are merely overweight as well, the researchers wrote in the International Journal of Obesity.
Among middle-aged adults, researchers found that every extra body mass index (BMI) point – equal to about 2.7 to 3.2 kilograms (six or seven lbs) – was tied to a four percent higher chance of being admitted to the hospital over a two-year period.
“There is considerable evidence that severe obesity is bad for your health, resulting in higher rates of disease and consequently higher use of health services and higher death rates,” said lead author Rosemary Korda, from the Australian National University in Canberra.
“What this study shows is that there is a gradual increase in risk of hospitalization as BMI increases, starting with people in the overweight range. In other words, even being overweight (but not obese) increases your risk.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just under 36 percent of American adults are obese. Another 33 percent are overweight.
“While increasing weight leads to increasing risk, this also means that a gradual decrease in weight is likely to gradually decrease your risk – ie, if you are overweight or obese, even small decreases in weight may make a positive difference to your health,” said Korda.
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