Being overweight is never good at any age. However, a study reinforces the notion that buttress on excess pounds can lead to an earlier grave.

People in the “obese” category had a body mass index between 30 and 34, with 30 being the statistical threshold for obesity. The risk of dying young goes higher for “very” obese people — those with a BMI of 35 to 39. People in this weight category had nearly double the odds of dying.

Researchers looked at data from 57 existing studies, inspecting in total the mortality rates for nearly 900,000 adults. They looked at mortality rates for people five or more years after they began partaking in a study. The lowest mortality rate was for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 22.5-25.

BMI is a measure of weight in relative to height. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered normal weight. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight. Obesity is considered a BMI of 30 or more. Scientists found that each additional increase of 5 in the BMI rendered into a 30% increase in any cause of death.

It is important that we do ensure to keep the BMI in place because gaining weight is never a positive sign for a healthy living.


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Joydev Mishra


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