EXCESSIVELY HIGH OR LOW body mass index has been linked to an increased risk for death from almost all major causes.
According to a study published Tuesday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, being extremely overweight or underweight puts people at an increased risk of death “from every main category of cause except for transport-related accidents.”
Normal weight is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and a BMI of more than 30 is considered obese. A BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight.
The researchers analyzed 3.6 million adults and found that a BMI of 21 to 25 is associated with the lowest risk of morbidity. People with BMIs outside this range, both higher and lower, are at risk for more diseases and more at risk for death. A BMI of 30 or more, considered obese, is linked to an increase of risk for developing heart disease and cancer.
People with a BMI of 25 or more are at an increased risk for several types of cancers, type 2 diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular diseases, whereas people with a BMI of 18.5 or less are at an increased risk for mental health and behavioral problems, suicide, neurological disorders and death from accidental causes.
Men with higher BMIs were more at risk than…
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