Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between death and extreme body mass indexes such as obesity or being excessively thin. The highest risk of death was found among males suffering from obesity.
The correlation between obesity and increased morbidity is evident in medical symptoms that increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, glucose intolerance, premature atherosclerosis, and an abnormally large heart.
According to the OECD, the incidence of obesity in its member countries among the population 15 years of age or older is 20% in women and 18% in men. The most affected country is the U.S., where 35% of men and 40% of women suffer from this condition.
Relative Risk of Death Increases by Body Mass Index