By migramirez - August 23, 2013

The Center for Health Research in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University concluded in a recent study that avoiding obesity promotes gains in life expectancy through at least the eighth decade of life in Black adults. Faculty from the school of public health in the departments of epidemiology and biostatistics, global health, health promotion and education, nutrition and the Center for Health research at Loma Linda University collaborated on the research. Taking a sample from the Adventist Health Study 2 (AHS2), a large prospective cohort study of Seventh-day Adventist church members who are encouraged by faith-based principles to avoid tobacco, alcohol, and meat consumption, the group sampled 22,884 U.S. Blacks from AHS2, half of whom attained an age of 58-108 years during the follow-up.