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Study Results from Logan College of Chiropractic Provide New Insights into Obesity

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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- Researchers detail new data in Diet and Nutrition Disorders. According to news reporting from Loma Linda, California, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "In samples of African Americans and the elderly adults, obesity is often not found to be a risk factor for mortality. These data contradict the evidence linking obesity to chronic disease in these groups."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Logan College of Chiropractic, "Our objective was to determine whether obesity remains a risk factor for mortality among long-lived black adults. The Adventist Health Study 2 is a large prospective cohort study of Seventh-day Adventist church members who are encouraged by faith-based principles to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and meat consumption. We conducted an attained age survival analysis of 22,884 U. S. blacks of the cohort-half of whom attained an age of 58-108 years during the follow-up (adult life expectancy of 84 years in men, 89 years in women). Women in the highest body mass index quintile (>33.8) experienced a significant 61% increase (hazard ratio [95% CI] = 1.62 [1.23, 2.11] relative to the middle quintile) in mortality risk and a 6.2-year (95% CI = 2.8-10.2 years) decrease in life expectancy. Men in the highest body mass index quintile (>30.8) experienced a significant 87% increase (hazard ratio [95% CI] = 1.87 [1.28, 2.73] relative to the middle quintile) in mortality risk and 5.9-year (95% CI = 2.1-9.5 years) decrease in life expectancy. Obesity (>30) was a significant risk factor relative to normal weight (18.5-24.9) in never-smokers. Instantaneous hazards indicated excess risk from obesity was evident through at least age 85 years. The nonobese tended to follow plant-based diets and exercise vigorously. Avoiding obesity promotes gains in life expectancy through at least the eighth decade of life in black adults."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Evidence for weight control through plant-based diets and active living was found in long-lived nonobese blacks."

For more information on this research see: Obesity and Life Expectancy Among Long-Lived Black Adults. Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 2014;69(1):63-72. Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press Inc, Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513, USA (see also Diet and Nutrition Disorders).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P.N. Singh, Loma Linda Logan College of Chiropractic, Sch Public Hlth, Dept. of Nutr, Loma Linda, CA 92350, United States. Additional authors for this research include R.W. Clark, P. Herring, J. Sabate, D. Shavlik and G.E. Fraser.

Keywords for this news article include: Obesity, Loma Linda, California, Bariatrics, United States, Overnutrition, Risk and Prevention, North and Central America, Diet and Nutrition Disorders

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