Obese men are at a greater risk for dying early, according to a new Danish study.
Researchers concluded that men who are obese by age 20 die an average of eight years earlier than those who aren't.
The study also found that at any age, obese men were twice as likely to die earlier than those not obese.
"At age 70 years, 70 percent of the men in the comparison group and 50 percent of those in the obese group were still alive and we estimated that from middle-age the obese were likely to die eight years earlier than those in the comparison group," said Esther Zimmermann of Copenhagen University Hospital, the leader of the study team.
The report indicated that people usually become obese before they are 20-years-old and that most people are unlikely to become obese later in life.
More than 5,000 men ages 20 to 80 took part in the research. Approximately 2,000 of them were obese when they started the trial.
While the study did not include women, it confirmed findings made in similar studies.