In an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers suggest that obesity may not cut years off of a person’s life. Their data indicate that the risk that an obese individual will die prematurely has dropped 30% over the past 4 decades.
Translation: The risk of dying early for any reason is now about the same among obese individuals as it is among normal-weight individuals. Better yet: A BMI of 27—meaning “overweight”—appears to have the lowest risk of premature death from all causes.
There is one caveat: Longer life might not be better life, particularly if an overweight or obese individual struggles with chronic disease like diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as problems with knees and joints.
So if you have a bad conscience about being a little bit overweight, that you're going to die early, maybe that's not actually the case. But our data should not be used as an excuse to eat a lot more or to become overweight if you are not.
The Motley Monk's “take away”? What’s “optimal” varies from person to person, perhaps due to genetics. Shaming or compelling what used to be called “heavier” folks to lose weight just because they are heavier isn’t necessarily going to make them healthier and, it may be, unhealthy for them.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the JAMA article, click on the following link: