"Weight is Healthy" Study Challenged January 8, 2013
"Weight is Healthy" Study Challenged January 8, 2013

A recent study suggesting that overweight people might be less likely to suffer premature death than normal weight people has been criticized by many scientists.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that overweight people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25-30 are 6% less likely to die prematurely than people of healthy weight.

The researchers claimed that heavier people were more likely to receive treatment for medical issues like high blood pressure associated with being overweight. Also that the extra weight may help these people survive illness in the hospital.

Now many obesity experts are slamming the study calling it a “pile of rubbish” and a “horrible message” to portray, saying the study only looked at the death rate and not the overall health and years of possible ill health.

Professor John Wass, vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians, goes on to say, “Huge pieces of evidence go against this, countless other studies point in the other direction.”

Dr Walter Willett, from the Harvard School of Public Health said: “This is an even greater pile of rubbish” than a study conducted by the same group in 2005.

Sources:
Higher Levels of Obesity Associated With Increased Risk of Death; Being Overweight Associated With Lower Risk of Death

BBC Health News: ‘Weight is healthy’ study criticised

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