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Has it bothered you ever that you are overweight and you should not be? Well, a new study, published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association”, has come to the rescue of all the overweight people in the world. It says that overweight people are “least likely to die from any cause”, as compared to those who have a normal weight. However, the study talks about people who are overweight, not obese.

 

Overweight adults are those, whose Body Mass Index (BMI) records between 25 and 29.9. According to the study, these individuals have 6% reduced risk of dying from an all-cause death. Normal-weight individuals are those whose BMIs fall between 18.5 and 24.9. The study is good news for about 30% of the adult American population, whose BMI is between 25 and 29.9.

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As against this, individuals with a BMI of at least 35 were 29% more likely to die of a cause. Besides, those with a BMI of 30 to 35, had a five percent reduced risk of dying but the researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who conducted the study, consider five percent a very insignificant advantage.

 

However, researchers also advise that people should not take this study too seriously and start becoming overweight. Since BMI is an imperfect measure of body fat and overall health, it is advisable to shed off any excess weight and stick to a health regime.

 

 

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