OT: Low and High BMI Increases Risk of Death

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Low and High BMI Increases Risk of Death

    When it comes to weight, people who are right in the middle are likely to live longer lives. Two new studies reveal being overweight or underweight increases risk of death.

    Researchers in the United States and researchers in Korea used data from two separate populations to draw their conclusions. While theories about body mass index and its relationship to death risks have recently come under fire, both studies found BMI could predict the likelihood of an increased death risk.

    In the Korean study, researchers used data on more than 1 million Korean men and women to investigate the link between body weight and the risk of death. For this population, the average BMI was 23.2. Investigators report people outside of the middle BMI range, 23 to 24.9, have a higher risk of death than people within the middle range.

    The cause of death varied depending on which end of the weight spectrum a person was. The underweight were more likely to die of respiratory illness, while the overweight were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease or cancer. These results, report researchers, cannot be generalized to other populations because of the difference between the number of respiratory causes of death in Koreans compared to Western countries.

    In the second study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., compiled data on more than 500,000 U.S. men and women between ages 50 and 71.

    Researchers report risk of death increased at both extremes of the body weight spectrum. When the researchers looked only at healthy non-smokers, the risk of death was most concentrated in overweight and obese people.

    This article was reported by Ivanhoe.com
    SOURCE: The New England Journal of Medicine, 2006:355;763-778:779-787

    MY COMMENT: I have always known that obese people had a greater risk, but I never knew that underweight people were at risk!!!

  2. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    My BMI is 20!
    Sometimes it is 19!
    I need a personal chef to fatten me up!
  3. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    May I ask, what is BMI?

    Sorry; I just plain out don't know, lol!

  4. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    Stands for Body Mass Index. You can do a google search and figure out your BMI on one of the charts. It has to do with height and weight.
  5. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Thank you so much for the answer. I would have never gotten the meaning of it.


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