New Research shows "Being overweight linked to lower risk of mortality" (Read 977 times)


    The take I heard on this on the TV this morning was that slightly over-weight people, compared to naturally thinner people,  were more likely to try to exercise and to watch what they eat. This naturally makes them a little more healthy than those that are presumebly lucky to be thin.  I know it's rare to find thin people these days, but I do know a few naturlaly thin people that are about as unfit as you can be. Yet, they think they're fit because they're thin.


    Snoop Dogg comes to mind.

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        I am very thin....thin enough that people give me a lot of crap about it.  When I am in shape I am about 7% body fat....and my BMI is solidly in the "normal" range.  I cannot imagine losing enough mass to get in the "underweight" category....I would be a skeleton, weak, and unable to do anything productive.  In fact only serious illness or anorexia would get me there.


        So, it would not surprise me if being underweight is found to be a risk factor...but not because being thin is bad, but because the things that make someone that overly thin are bad.


        Agreed. I'm the skinniest person I know outside of my running friends. My BMI is 20.7 -- square in the middle of normal.

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          Agreed. I'm the skinniest person I know outside of my running friends. My BMI is 20.7 -- square in the middle of normal.



          This is what I was talking about.  I bet if you polled 100 Americans 99 would classify you as underweight.  The perception is skewed.  Hell I will out myself right here:


          This is overweight:


          And this is obese:


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            This is a great discussion.  Threads started by this OP on both RA and RWOL have always been entertaining, sometimes head scratching.



              Thanks for the explanation.


              I thought jingchunyu's explanation was joking. But then when I thought about the age and the region factors, I kinda got what  it meant.



              Back to the OP, I'm thinking along the line with bhearn's.

              Assuming the weight/BMI is that at death (likely), then it may well be whoever lost more weight (hence lower weight) was having a more severe illness or struggling more at that point. Then it's hardly any surprise the result is the best survival rate is in the average BMI range: 1) the ranges are wide 2) the adv is only 6%. It may be rapid weight loss is the actual indicator. Rapid weight loss can also lead to lowered immunity.

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                Overweight (easily 25#s over ideal, here)...but those quads are more than a little bit muscular:

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                  According to my bmi I'm overweight. (25.1)


                    I'm currently normal, but I did gain 10 pounds in 4 weeks.


                    Ask me again in 13x4 weeks and see if I (almost) doubled in size.


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                        Agreed. I'm the skinniest person I know outside of my running friends. My BMI is 20.7 -- square in the middle of normal.


                        So what's the deal with BMI? I'm in a similar situation; my BMI is about 22 but my body fat is around 11-12%. I could push my body fat well into "too damn lean" territory and my BMI would still say "normal."


                          There was a study a long time ago that found that people with top hats lived longer. Clearly, it was a sign of wealth. And if you had money, you had access to food and doctors.


                          You need someone with a good understanding of metrics and statistical analysis to find complex relationships. We may be missing something.

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                            So what's the deal with BMI? 


                            It is a government-adopted poor surrogate for body composition that people continue to use despite its widely recognized limitations.

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                              According to the "standard" BMI calculator, my BMI when my avatar pic was taken puts me at the high end of overweight (27.9).


                                This is great i am going to live along time.


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