Underweight or overweight – both are hazardous to your health.
A recent meta-analysis of 51 studies comparing BMI and all-cause mortality found that underweight people are 1.8 times more likely to die than people with a healthy BMI. The same risk of death is 1.2 for obese people and 1.3 for severely obese people. The findings controlled for smoking, alcohol use or lung disease and excluded patients with existing chronic or terminal illness.
PositiveTip: Maintain a healthy weight through healthy diet and regular exercise to avoid an early death.
Overweight, in your 40s, and not worried about heart disease? Think again!
A ten-year study of more than 20,000 Dutch men and women has shown that larger waist sizes and higher body mass index (BMI) were strongly associated with 3-4 times the cardiovascular deaths and almost twice the rate of cardiovascular disease than normal weight controls. Average age was 43 years--an age group not usually very concerned with heart health. Men with a waist circumference greater than 40.1 inches (102 cm) compared to those less than 37 inches (94 cm), and women with waist circumferences greater than 34.5inches (88 cm) compared to those less than 31.5 inches (80 cm) had significantly greater incidence of fatal and non-fatal CVD.