Actually, not. This story has gotten a lot of press, though. The article reference showed that people who are overweight, and those at lower levels of obesity, may live longer than people of “normal weight.” How did they define this? By BMI, which you can calculate for yourself by clicking here. Granted, BMI is not perfect (Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been considered obese in his bodybuilding heyday). BMI breakdowns for defining overweight and obesity are:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
What’s your BMI??? If higher than 35, you should not take comfort in this article! Because it showed that people with BMI > 35 were more likely to die.
My BMI is now 25.5 (just over the line into overweight category), down from a high of 43.3 when I weight 337 lbs. Life is much better – my prediabetes is gone, as are sleep apnea and high blood pressure. BTW, the study not take into account that those conditions are more common in obesity – it eliminates their negative effects on mortality, even though they’re like birds of a feather. If you’re lucky enough to obese and have no other complications, you may fare better.
In fact, I have published research similar to this. We should also remember that obesity reduces quality of life. Since losing weight, I feel sharper, sleep better, and have less pain. Modern medicine provides us with joint replacement surgery and high blood pressure medications, but I’d rather avoid them.
Don’t believe the hype!