In recent years, we have seen a push toward acceptance of a wider range of body types. There is no place in life for body-shaming, we can all agree on that. No man or woman should be held to an unattainable standard of fitness for the sole purpose of physical attractiveness. We have come so far in our desire to accept that we have witnessed the emergence of terms like “dad bod.” The softer tone of the male body was, for a time, almost revered. It seems this trend is on its way out, though, and this could be a really good thing.
New research findings suggest that a dad bod may not only be slightly unsexy, but that pleasantly plump could also mean surprisingly at risk for health conditions later in life. Data from a Harvard study indicates that weight gain in early and mid-adulthood has a direct effect on longevity. To put it bluntly, weight gain in our twenties, thirties, and forties means a shorter life. Not only a shorter life but one that is more likely to involve chronic health problems, too.
The Harvard study involved data collection from two previous studies, the Nurse’s Health Study (1976-2012) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2012). Reported weight for each of the 92,837 participants was collected and analyzed over a period of decades. The first weight measurement was taken at age 18 or 21, females and males, respectively. The final measurement was collected at age 55.
Researchers found that weight gain correlated with an increased risk for particularly concerning health conditions, including:
- Type II diabetes (30%)
- Hypertension (14%)
- Cardiovascular disease (8%)
- Premature death, non-smokers (5%)
In addition to an increased risk for health conditions, every 11 pounds that were gained decreased the odds of healthy aging by 17%.
Men who have been diagnosed with enlarged prostate, prostatitis, or prostate cancer, or who struggle with erectile dysfunction, are also encouraged to spend more time focused on eating well and exercising. Healthy weight facilitates a healthy life now, as well as years down the road.
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