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US deaths associated with underweight, overweight and obesity – new CDC research

Slightly overweight people may live longer

People who are a little overweight are likely to live longer than people who are underweight or obese, a study shows. However, the study only looked at how long people lived and not at obesity-related diseases.

Source: BBC News, 21 April 2005


US deaths associated with underweight, overweight and obesity

CDC researchers estimated deaths associated with underweight (body mass index [BMI] <18.5), overweight (BMI 25 to <30), and obesity (BMI >30) in the United States in 2000. They concluded:

Underweight and obesity, particularly higher levels of obesity, were associated with increased mortality relative to the normal weight category. The impact of obesity on mortality may have decreased over time, perhaps because of improvements in public health and medical care. These findings are consistent with the increases in life expectancy in the United States and the declining mortality rates from ischemic heart disease.

Source: JAMA, 2005;293 (15) :1861-1867

Published on April 21, 2005 in International news