13 Feb Poor Fitness and Obesity in Early Life Linked to Greater Disability as Adult
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Pontus Henriksson | PhD and Registered Dietitian
Postdoctoral Researcher | SFO-V Fellow
Department of Biosciences and Nutrition
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: In many countries, disability pensions are granted to working-aged persons who are likely to never work full-time again because of a chronic disease or injury diagnosed by a physician. In addition to serving as an important indicator of chronic disease, disability pensions are associated with high societal costs.
Hence, we examined whether cardiorespiratory fitness and obesity (two potentially modifiable factors) were associated with disability pension later in life.
Our main findings were that low physical fitness and/or obesity during adolescence, were strongly associated with disability pension later in life due to a wide range of diseases and causes.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Our findings support the relevance of cardiorespiratory fitness and healthy body weight during adolescence as important markers of future health
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: We need further well-designed longitudinal studies, including studies of women and trials, to elucidate the role of fitness and obesity on later disability risk.
Fitness and Body Mass Index During Adolescence and Disability
Later in Life A Cohort Study
Published: Ann Intern Med. 2019.
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