Extremes In Weight Increase Risk of Death

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…

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Big Bellies Linked to Heart Disease Risk

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…

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