HEALTH

As Obesity In US Grows, Another Study Shows Healthy Eating and Exercise Can Add Years To Life

Apr 30, 2018, 8:19 PM
Adobe Stock Photo

Obesity accounts for more than 1 in 5 American deaths alone. In fact, today, mor...
Adobe Stock Photo Obesity accounts for more than 1 in 5 American deaths alone. In fact, today, more than 70 percent of adults are considered overweight or obese.

Salt Lake City — Two things always make the list when research teams or health departments search for the keys to a longer life: healthy diet and exercise. A recent study, published Monday in the medical journal Circulation, is no exception.

​​​​​​​​​

The research team spent 34 years studying 42,167 deaths and singling out the five lowest-risk health factors. They learned women who kept a healthy diet at the age of 50, had at least 30 minutes of moderate to extreme exercise a day, drank alcohol in moderation, kept a body mass index between 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2 could live up 14 years longer than women who didn’t. It was 12.2 years for men.

“Adopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults,” the study concluded.

This study joins others, like this one that found fruits and vegetables increase the chance of longer life and a Standford study that argues diet and exercise have to go hand in hand to see a positive change in the BMI, but so far nothing has stopped the steady increase of obesity rates in the U.S.

In 2017 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese. They are the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.

“It’s very difficult to change behavior and so one of the the things we have been doing is trying to create change from the outside in, instead of the other way around,”said Rebecca Fronberg, Assistant Program Manager for the EPIC program within the Utah Department of Health.”If we would like people to get more physical activity, wouldn’t it be great if our streets and neighborhoods were designed in a way that encouraged that?”

She’s tackling the problem by talking to local politicians about installing more sidewalks and bike lanes to make healthy exercise easier. Fronberg said the Health Department is also working with local grocers to encourage a “veggie butcher” or someone who will help chop up fruits and vegetables for people on the go.

“It’s a societal thing. We have to change that,” she said. “We have to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

The CDC warns obesity is linked to serious health risks including heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and other chronic problems.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Health

FILE - A doctor loads a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at ...
Aimee Cobabe

Bill banning vaccine passports heading to Utah Senate

A bill to ban vaccine passports is heading out of the Utah House and into the Utah Senate. The bill is similar to a failed bill from 2022.
1 day ago
A bill on transgender healthcare — banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV and Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

SB16 bans gender-confirming surgeries for minors and also places a moratorium on puberty blockers for minors.
4 days ago
Havasu Falls spills into the water pools below in Supai, Arizona, in October of 2016. Photo credit:...
Forrest Brown, CNN

Grand Canyon’s Havasu Falls to reopen to visitors after 3-year closure

 (CNN) — Havasu Falls, one of the most intriguing features of the Grand Canyon system, will be reopening to visitors after a three-year closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s with a catch. The reopening is scheduled for February 1; however, access will be limited initially to a certain, small group. People whose previous […]
4 days ago
White carnations representing each of the 1,746 unborn babies that were aborted in Utah in 2022 are...
Allessandra Harris and Simone Seikaly

Speeches, silence, during Pro-Life Utah memorial at the Capitol

About 100 people including Utah lawmakers and religious leaders attended the memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
5 days ago
 A mental health clinic will reopen on Thursday after a carbon monoxide leak sent at least 17 peop...
Michael Locklear

Carbon monoxide poisoning at central Utah clinic hospitalizes 17 people

The Central Utah Counseling Center in Ephraim was evacuated a week ago after a problem with an old furnace was discovered.
6 days ago
a row of guns are pictured...
Mark Jones

KSL at Night: How do we solve gun violence?

KSL at Night hosts Taylor Morgan and Maura Carabello speak with Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council about gun violence.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
As Obesity In US Grows, Another Study Shows Healthy Eating and Exercise Can Add Years To Life