By medical correspondent Daniel Hedin Medical News Now A study released by the University of Colorado, Boulder, has found that people are not only taller, they are also more mobile.
The researchers tracked more than 4,000 people between ages 14 and 64 in the U.S. over a 12-month period.
They were asked about their height, weight, and the extent to which they walked, ran or jumped.
The average person was 6-foot-1.7-feet tall, weighing 185 pounds.
People with a height of 5 feet 7 inches or less were the tallest at 4-foot, 7 inches.
About a quarter of those with a weight of more than 500 pounds were the heaviest at more than 2,000 pounds.
The study found that for people who were shorter, their height and weight were similar to their body mass index (BMI).
The study also found that height and obesity were correlated with the number of years of physical activity, which was linked to a lower risk of death.
“I think the takeaway here is that it doesn’t matter how tall you are, you are going to get hit by the same type of disease that we do,” Dr. John Coughlin, the study’s lead author and associate professor of medicine at CU-Boulder, told Medical News One.
“There’s a certain number of individuals who are very likely to get sick with the same diseases that we all have.”
Coughlin said there was a link between the number and type of exercise that a person was doing and their risk of developing obesity and diabetes.
“If you’re exercising, you’re more likely to have diabetes and the same amount of physical inactivity is associated with more of that,” he said.
“So exercise is associated not only with lower risks for obesity and type 2 diabetes but also with lower risk for obesity.”
The study also showed that obesity was more common among people who walked more than 50 percent of their lives.
People who were overweight had a higher BMI and had a lower likelihood of getting sick with obesity and other metabolic diseases than people who weren’t overweight.
The risk of getting cancer was also higher in people who had a BMI of more 30.
Coughlins study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that it’s not only a personal choice whether you are obese or not, but the way you get there can have a significant impact on your risk for illness.
“The takeaway here, I think, is that we’re actually seeing this relationship between obesity and metabolic disease, which is a really important aspect of this epidemic,” he told Medical One.