Today's Wall Street Jounal has an article referencing this week's Jounal of American Medical Association (JAMA) article about a new research study that shows being overweight is conducive to living longer.
The study finds that being overweight, as determined by one's Body Mass Index (BMI), is associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality. People with a BMI of 25 to 30 - who are considered overweight and make up more than 30% of the U.S. population - have a 6% lower risk of death than people whose BMI is in the normal range of 18.5 to 25, according to the study.
This finding will be confusing to many as most of the research, heretofore, shows that being overweight is not good for one's health. Typically, when one has a BMI (calculate your BMI) of greater than 25 (overweight), that person is more likely to have diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Don't interpret this new study as a license to be overweight, as carrying a lot of excess weight is clearly not good for our health.
In another blog on the Christian Post, Dr. Rita Hancock has some excellent advise on maintaining a healthy weight.