The increased risk of developing obesity lies in an age range full of life changes. Photo: Bigstock
More than socioeconomic status and ethnicity, commonly associated with the development of obesity, age is a more important factor in weight gain. A survey published recently in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology shows the age group that should most worry health authorities, as well as parents, on the subject.
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Increased risk of obesity
Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are at high risk of gaining weight and achieving rates of overweight or obesity over the next 10 years. By grade 10, these adults had a 37% absolute risk (vs. 24% for those aged 65 and 74) of going from normal weight to overweight or obesity. The survey was conducted by the Institute of Health Informatics, University College London, UK.
According to the researchers, it is at this age that people undergo major life changes, such as those related to entering work and university, and also because it is the time to leave home. their parents. And it is also a period when the habits that are developed there can last throughout adulthood.
The results of this study, which collected data from more than two million adults aged 18 to 74 in England, could support more concrete actions to change the behavior of these young people.