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Published on : Oct 31, 2018

According to a recent study published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal suggests that being overweight or underweight both could reduce four years from a person’s life. About 2 million people were analyzed in this study. All of them were registered with doctors in the U.K.  The finding to the research states that people from the age of 40 who have healthy body mass index have a higher risk of dying from diseases. Doctors considered BMI as an accurate and simple method to find if someone is obese.

Women and men suffering from obesity likely have 3.5 and 4.2 years lesser respectively than the others do in the overall healthy BMI weight range. The different causes of the deaths were also considered in the BMI such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases. Transport related accidents were not taken into consideration.

According to the author of the report, Dr. Krishnan Bhaskaran not everybody in the healthy category was at the lowest risk of disease.  He added by saying that BMIs below 21, more deaths were observed as compared to optimum BMI levels. On the other hand, this might partially state that low body weight can be the cause of underlying ill health. 

Moreover, BMI can be an appropriate method taken in the report, but several experts questioned it actually it was a correct way of analyzing a person’s health.