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A Few Extra Pounds Linked to a Longer Life

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  • New research suggests that people with BMIs under 30 but above normal (the overweight range) had a 6 percent lower risk of dying from all causes than those who were normal weight, while those whose BMIs fell into the obese range were 18 percent more likely to die of any cause
  • The study results imply that carrying some extra weight may help you live longer, but it used only BMI as a measure of body composition, and this is a heavily flawed technique
  • Relative to BMI, measuring your waist size and your body fat percentage are far more accurate methods to determine whether you’re at risk of weight-related health problems like heart disease and diabetes

By Dr. Mercola

Provocative new research involving data from nearly 3 million adults suggests that a having an overweight body mass index (BMI) may be linked to a longer life than one that puts you within a "normal" weight range.


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