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J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Aug;49(8):913-21.

Body mass index and premature mortality in physically heavily working men--a ten-year follow-up of 20,000 construction workers.

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  • 1German Cancer Research Center, Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Research, Heidelberg, Germany. v.arndt@dkfz.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Although obesity is clearly associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, health consequences of being mildly or moderately overweight are less clear in physically heavily working men.

METHODS:

The association between body mass index (BMI) and mortality was assessed over a 10-year period in a cohort of 19,513 male construction workers, who underwent routine occupational health examination during 1986 to 1992.

RESULTS:

Among never smokers normal and overweight men experienced similar mortality. Among smokers, we observed a strong U-shaped association between BMI and all-cause mortality, which was lowest for BMI levels between 25 and 35 kg/m after control for potential covariates.

CONCLUSIONS:

BMI levels commonly considered to reflect overweight may not necessarily be associated with increased mortality in physically heavily working men.

PMID:
17693790
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31814544fe
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