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BendtheBar 01-02-2013 09:47 AM

Overweight people live longer
Recipe for a long life: overweight people have LOWER death risk - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent


It sounds too good to be true, coming at the end of the season of excess, but after one of the largest reviews of research ever conducted, doctors say that carrying a few extra pounds may actually reduce the risk of premature death. Experts have repeatedly warned that obesity would soon exact a greater toll than smoking and the current generation could be the first to die before their parents.

Only yesterday, the Royal College of Physicians called for more to be done to tackle the UK's obesity epidemic, criticising the NHS's "patchy" services and inadequate leadership on the issue. However, the new study shows that people who are modestly overweight have a 6 per cent lower rate of premature death from all causes than people of ideal, "healthy" weight, while even those who are mildly obese have no increased risk. Overweight is defined as a body mass index above 25 but below 30. For a man of 5ft 9in, that is between 12 stone 4lb and 14 stone 6lb, or for a woman of 5ft 6in, it is between 11 stone 3 lb and 13 stone 4lb. Ideal, healthy weight is defined as a BMI between 18.5 and 25.

Fazc 01-02-2013 09:49 AM

That's what we've (M&B) has been saying all along!

BendtheBar 01-02-2013 09:51 AM

Fix the BMI is all I can say.

The definition of overweight is wrong.

Fazc 01-02-2013 09:52 AM

Also can I say this, I'm loving that you're reading the Independent now :)

BendtheBar 01-02-2013 09:56 AM

I'm learning. Global citizen, I am becoming.

BigJosh 01-02-2013 10:06 AM


Originally Posted by BendtheBar (Post 307628)
I'm learning. Global citizen, I am becoming.

The above quote made me think of Yoda.

This is great news. Here's to long life and flawed Body Mass Index's.

BendtheBar 01-02-2013 10:17 AM

I was trying to do some Yoda this year.

Kuytrider 01-02-2013 11:52 AM

Of course BMI is a steaming pile of horse manure and should never be used as a measurement to determine whether or not someone is overweight. According to that nonsense, I would be within the 'ideal' range at 65kg(143 pounds) at 5ft 11!

BendtheBar 01-02-2013 12:06 PM

I need to lose 15 pounds of muscle and get my bodyfat levels to 6% to be healthy, according to the BMI.

Um, no.

Tannhauser 01-02-2013 12:54 PM

Nostradamus says: Millions of fatties rejoice. Years of public health campaigns now ignored. Doritos stock price up 30%. :)

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