The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Extra weight tied to higher risk of hospitalisation: study


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalised for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study.

What's more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for those who were 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 kg - was tied to a four per cent 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.