January 2, 2013

A Few Extra Pounds Won’t Kill You—Really

By Logan Lafferty

In a finding that could undermine many New Year's resolutions, a new government study shows that people who are overweight are less likely to die in any given period than people of normal weight…Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently found that among 14,000 people, those with a normal BMI, but a high waist-to-hip ratio, were the most likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 14-year follow up, even more than those in obese ranges. "BMI gives the same value to good fat, bad fat and muscle, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to mix all those things together," said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a preventive cardiologist at Mayo, who wasn't involved in the CDC study.

Wall Street Journal by Melinda Beck

Tags: BMI, CDC, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, government study, heart disease, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Obesity, overweight, Research, Wall Street Journal, Weight, Wellness

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