Overweight' People Live Longer Than Those Of 'ideal' Weight
Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:49 AM
Overweight' people live longer than those of 'ideal' weight
Pie orgies sadly unlikely to increase lifespan, though.
Cheerful news for those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) falls into the "overweight" range today - you will probably live longer than a person whose BMI is "ideal". Boffins in Canada and America revealed the new findings following a study of over 11,000 Canadians covering the last 12 years.
Unsurprisingly, people whose BMI showed them to be "underweight" or "extremely obese" died sooner than those in the more middle-of the-road brackets. But the medical community's consensus that anyone with a BMI from 25-30 is "overweight", whereas 18.5-25 is "ideal" has been undermined by the fact that survey subjects in the former, heftier band actually lived longer than the lightweights.
"It's not surprising that extreme underweight and extreme obesity increase the risk of dying, but it is surprising that carrying a little extra weight may give people a longevity advantage," said David Feeny, PhD, one of the study's authors.
full article the register - http://www.channelre...ht_live_longer/
Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:52 AM
I suspect it's just a sign of my gettin' old, but sometimes I think our whole world is based on nothing but lies.
Posted 25 June 2009 - 04:03 PM
Once upon a time I was fashionably ultra slim, now I am fashionably rounded
... I no longer skinny dip but chunky dip ... and I am still the same person with the same personality I was many years ago, and I am healthier than others in my age group who are toothpick skinny.
Posted 25 June 2009 - 09:31 PM
In one of his classes they did the BMI test. ALL these students were athletes, health nuts and physically fit. Not a one had thunder-thighs, bubble-butt or pot belly. The only ones who didn't test "overweight" were the superskinny long distance runners (toothpicks!). Even the dancers were "overweight". The kids who worked out with weights and had muscles were considered "very overweight".
I read somewhere that Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14
Edited by blim, 25 June 2009 - 09:34 PM.
Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:28 AM
Who set that standard? Why is it even being used? To "scare" the populice, to give the government the power to legislate action, or am I being paranoid?
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
--H. L. Mencken
Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:50 PM
Who set that standard?
The World Health Organization.
Why is it even being used?
It's simple, fast, and there are numbers so it must be Science.
To "scare" the populice, to give the government the power to legislate action, or am I being paranoid?
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
On the other hand, the insurance industry's adoption of BMI probably was motivated by malice.
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