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Injury risk higher in overweight

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Overweight adults are far more likely to sustain injuries than those of normal weight, according to a US study.

Overweight adults are far more likely to sustain injuries than those of normal weight, according to a US study.

Over three years, 42,304 adults reported all medical conditions and injuries, and researchers calculated their body mass index (BMI).

They found that overweight adults (BMI between 26 and 29) had a 15% increased relative risk of injury compared to their normal-weight peers, and for the morbidly obese (BMI of 40 plus) the risk was nearly twice as high

'Our results suggest that injury rates could increase in the future as obesity rates continue to rise,' said study co-author Justin Trogdon.

The study appears in the nextissue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

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