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Teen weight fate.

Prof Philippa J Clarke compared those already overweight at the end of high school v those of normal weight, following over 5,000 of them until they were aged 40.

At the end of high school, the normal weight people had an average BMI of 22 (just below the middle of the average range) while those overweight had an average BMI of 26 (only just into the overweight range).

By age 40, the ‘overweight teen’ group had more than 3 times the risk of a chronic health problem than the ‘normal weight’ group, even though the latter now averaged a BMI of 27.

The ‘overweight teen’ group were also 76% more likely to be on welfare or unemployment.

The researchers also noted that the chances of being persistently overweight were reduced when teens earned better grades in high school, even after controlling for socioeconomic status.

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July 28, 2010 - Posted by | BMI - body mass index, Health, High blood pressure, Learning, Medical conditions, Philippa J Clarke, Success, Weight management, Work

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