The suggestion may seem surprising, but a paper published in the journal Obesity Reviews argues that we should regard obesity as a form of premature ageing.
After reviewing over 200 studies, researchers concluded that obesity directly accelerates a variety of ageing mechanisms. These include:
Professor Sylvia Santosa noticed that many obese children developed “adult-onset” diseases such as diabetes. This was the inspiration for her research. She suggests that changing the way we think of obesity might help innovate new ways to treat it.
I’m hoping that these observations will focus our approach to understanding obesity a little more, and at the same time allow us to think of obesity in different ways. We’re asking different types of questions than that which have traditionally been asked.New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging. (2020). Retrieved 26 February 2020, from https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2020/02/25/effects-of-obesity-mirror-those-of-aging-new-study-shows.html
Obesity and ageing: Two sides of the same coin: https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.12991
New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging: https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2020/02/25/effects-of-obesity-mirror-those-of-aging-new-study-shows.html
Obesity May Accelerate the Aging Process: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2019.00266/full#F1