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(USA Today) – Moving to U.S. bad for weight – Bad news for new Americans: A study published Wednesday shows that simply moving to the United States packs on the pounds.

“The longer you live here, the more likely you are to be obese,” says Mita Sanghavi Goel, a doctor at Northwest University in Evanston, Ill., and lead author on the study.

The study published in today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association examined obesity rates among immigrants and native-born Americans. It found that living in the United States for more than 15 years was associated with a 1.39 increase in body mass index, a scientific measure for weight.Semi-related: Heart Surgeon Doesn’t Think McDonald’s Should Be In Hospital

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