Underweight people at higher risk of dying than the obese!

March 31, 2014 2:20 PM

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Researchers have claimed that underweight people too are at the high risk of dying as obese people are. The meta-analysis, led by Dr.Joel Ray, a physician-researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital and the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, looked at 51 studies on the links between BMI and deaths from any cause, plus data on newborn weight and stillbirths in Ontario.

He found that adults who are underweight – with a BMI under 18.5 or less – have a 1.8 times higher risk of dying than those with a ‘normal’ BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. The risk of dying is 1.2 times higher for people who are obese (BMI of 30-34.9) and 1.3 times higher for those who are severely obese (a BM...

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