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- Updated: March 28, 2014
It’s strange but true, obese people; even morbidly obese people tend to live longer than people who are skinny and underweight. This is according to a new research conducted in Canada and is bound to raise some questions. People are definitely going to start questioning the dangers associated with obesity. Researchers in Toronto analyzed fifty-one case studies to find any connections between body mass index [BMI] and death. They tried finding a link between premature deaths and being underweight.
What they found was surprising – adults with a BMI of 18.5 or less [underweight] were said to be at risk from dying prematurely 1.8 times more that a person with normal BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. In comparison, people who are classified as obese with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 were 1.2 time more likely to die during a minimum five years of follow-up than normal weight people.
Lead author and a physician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Joel Ray says there the problems and dangers associated to being obese cannot be denied. But in our attempts to curtail being obese, “we have an obligation to ensure that we avoid creating an epidemic of underweight adults. Our focus as a society has been on overweight, obese and very obese, and there’s no problem in our focus. It’s an important public health and individual health issue. But in the process we’ve neglected the influence of being underweight on mortality.”
Even though he confesses that public health initiatives which focus on curtailing obesity is commendable, “…we also know that it also has the risk of potentially affecting people who are already sufficiently healthy in size, or who are so slightly overweight that it’s irrelevant — their risk of dying or diabetes isn’t important. It’s those individuals who become unintended victims of the campaign.”