Heart disease is greater the longer people are obese
Each year of obesity increases your risk of heart disease by up to 4%.
The researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked over 25 years of data on nearly 3,300 people.
They looked at subclinical heart disease, which is the buildup of fats inside arteries.
They found that for each additional year of continued obesity, the risk of developing subclinical heart disease increased by 2%-4%.
This new study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) and reported by The Sacramento Bee on July 30, 2013.