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Old 11-26-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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15 to 20% is a healthy and reasonable number. If we're talking pure health, then no, it doesn't tell the complete story.

There have been studies that indicate folks with a BMI of 25-29.9 live longer than those with a BMI of 18.5-24.9. Here's an article that talks about one of the studies:

Study: Overweight People Live Longer

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In the newly published study, researchers used data from an ongoing Canadian national health survey to follow more than 11,000 adults from the mid-1990s to 2007.

Compared to people who fell into the normal-weight category:

Those classified as underweight were 73% more likely to die.
Those classified as extremely obese with BMI of 35 or greater were 36% more likely to die.
Those classified as obese with BMI 30-34.9 had about the same risk of death.
Those classified as overweight with BMI 25-29.9 were 17% less likely to die.
Obviously this wasn't performed on only athletes or lifters. Common sense indicates that if you stay active, eat right and are lean you're probably going to live a long, healthy life. But it certainly doesn't seem to be a bad thing to carry around some fat.

Those without food in nature struggle. A little more is better than a little less for longevity? Perhaps. Just tossing this out.
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