facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Study: Obese don't tax healthcare system

Oct. 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Canadian study on obesity found overweight people are not at greatly higher risk of bad health than people of normal weight.

The University of Manitoba study, released Friday, followed the health and healthcare system use of 35,000 Manitoba adults over the age of 20, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

Dr. Randy Fransoo, the study's lead researcher, said he was "very surprised" to find obese people visit doctors, go to hospitals or take prescribed medications only 15 percent more often than thinner people.

"Yes, there's a bit of a burden coming for the healthcare system, but it's not going to be an avalanche," Fransoo predicted.

The study also found that people who work sitting at a desk for more than 30 hours a week are more prone to becoming obese.

Fransoo says the key is to be more active doing everyday tasks.

"It's not about body building and it's not about running half-marathons, but just having an active lifestyle and not being sedentary. That seems to be the [study's] real finding," he said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Vast majority of oncologists admit to burnout Vast majority of oncologists admit to burnout
2
Study: Drug cocktail for advanced breast cancer can extend life up to 16 months Study: Drug cocktail for advanced breast cancer can extend life up to 16 months
3
France considers plain cigarette packaging France considers plain cigarette packaging
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
CDC: Diabetes rates leveling off CDC: Diabetes rates leveling off
Trending News
x
Feedback