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Zimmermann, who led the study team at the hospital's Institute of Preventive Medicine, said the research accounted for the influences of smoking, year of birth, and education but not other factors, such as hereditary diseases.
"At age 70 years, 70 percent of the men in the comparison group and 50 percent of those in the obese group were still alive and we estimated that from middle-age the obese were likely to die eight years earlier than those in the comparison group," said Esther Zimmermann of Copenhagen University Hospital.