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In a study reported by Sky News highlights the severe risks of obesity.

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Severely obese people are 50% more likely to die early than those who are a healthy weight, a study of 2.8 million adults suggests.

Experts analysing health, death and sickness data from UK adults found that being overweight and obese is also linked to a significantly higher chance of serious disease.

Presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, the study found that people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 35 were at 70% higher risk of developing heart failure.

Even a BMI of 25 to 30 increased the risk by 20%, while a BMI of 35 to 40 more than doubled the risk and a BMI of 40 to 45 almost quadrupled the risk compared to people of a normal weight.

The BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy, according to the NHS. For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5 to 24.9 range.

The study also found that compared with normal weight individuals, a BMI of 25 to 30 more than doubled the risk of type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea – pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep.

A person with a BMI of 30 to 35 is more than five times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes and almost six times as likely to develop sleep apnoea, it said.

Read the full report on Sky news