Individuals might want to think about having obesity treatments after research has revealed that the longer a person lives with obesity, the higher their risk of mortality.
Conducted by experts from Monash University and the University of Copenhagen, the study found that people who had been obese for 15 years or more tripled their risk of death.
Data for 5,209 people was studied over 48 years, revealing that for every additional two years lived with obesity, the risk of mortality increased between six and seven per cent.
Dr Anna Peeters from Monash commented: "Before now we did not know whether being obese for longer was any worse for your health than simply being obese.
"This research shows for the first time that being obese for longer increases your risk of mortality."
Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above; while a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is deemed to be overweight.