That fountain of knowledge Havva has done it again. She sent me an excellent article (Link to Article) which is a review of a study of 50,994 adults over 6 years. The conclusion of the study was that it is much more unhealthy to be underweight than to be over-weight or even severely obese. The article also says that BMI (Body Mass Index) is a poor measurement of obesity as it does not account for the fact that people are three dimensional.
“During the study period, the “underweight” subjects showed a risk of death no less than twice as high as the “normal” participants.”
“It was considerably safer to be “severely obese”: the people in this category were just 1.26 times as likely to die as “normals”.”
“People who were merely “obese” or “overweight” didn’t suffer from diabetes or hypertension any more than “normal” people, and ran no increased risks.”
For me this is not permission to go have some ice cream. There are still a lot of things I want to do that I will only get to do if I am fit and a lot lighter. I don’t want to go through the rest of my days carrying an anvil’s worth of extra weight around. It is nice to know that my doctor is right and I have the heart and lungs of an athlete and maybe I won’t end up with all the diseases it seems like the media threatens me with.