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Being moderately overweight might not pose health risk

Being moderately overweight might not pose health risk

A study finds that people who are significantly obese are at higher risk of premature death, but not those who are merely overweight. And there may even be benefits to a few extra pounds

By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2013, 5:56 p.m.

It's a common medical refrain: Carrying extra pounds raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of a premature death.

But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight?

A new analysis of nearly 3 million people suggests maybe not.

The finding, published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., pooled data from 97 studies encompassing adult men and women in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-overweight-surviv...




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emalvini's picture

Factors:Stress, Body Shape, Exercise and Genetic Pre-Disposition

The abliity to deal with life's stresses, one's body shape (Pear or Apple) and genetic predisposition may have more to do with health and longevity...then just being obese or moderately overweight...Does that make better sense..?

Corn Syrup

Corn and wheat are not good for most people, and can cause all kinds of health problems besides weight gain and addiction.

It's entirely possible that obesity, though hard on the joints, and making exercise less attractive, isn't the actual cause of an early death, but simply a corellation to corn and wheat consumption.

I think corn is a likely suspect because it was not used in its current forms in earlier times (even though the native corn eaters used the mineral lime to alter it before eating, they did not have the type of corn we have today), and it only replaced cane sugar in the 1970's when Congress put a tariff on cane.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

This study will anger a lot

This study will anger a lot of people. I am obese and in my early 30's. I have no health problems. The doctors office i can tell wants me to have high blood pressure at least lol pricks. The physical weight matters less than your current metabolic health. Thats to say, someone can be obese ans eating better than someone who's not obese.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hot dog!

Forget that New Year's resolution about losing weight!

Is 25 lbs moderate?

Ha ha ha. Just kidding.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

How many obese or slightly overweight

octogenarians or nonagenarians have you met?

Another Study

Another recent study found that extra weight became beneficial after age 80 (or 82). Octogenarians and above survive illnesses better with more reserves.

I don't think the obese survive that long, but slightly overweight can be helpful if they do.

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Okay.

I am good with that.

Thx.

Almost all longevity studies

show that the people who live the longest eat sparingly and sweat almost every day

beephree

Statistics: "60% of the time,

Statistics: "60% of the time, they work every time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjvQFtlNQ-M

emalvini's picture

Now, That's Funny!

Thanks Jay6783

I'm 4lbs over my BMI (on paleo-diet, 1yr anniversary) lost over.

40 lbs since. My MD stopped my b/p pills and statins altogether many months ago. "Moderate risk", now that I "can" attest. Actually, I could say "low risk" (in my case)..

emalvini's picture

Terrific RaulPon!

Good health is very important indeed..Keep it up!

hmm. a survey 'study' of bmi

hmm. a survey 'study' of bmi and health. thats like a double insult to someone interested in learning some truth about health.

Their "normal" and

Their "normal" and "overweight" ranges are too low, and they don't factor in muscle mass vs fat mass.