Tag Archives: BMI

Is Pleasantly Plump Best?

A paper in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association presents some interesting data on the association of obesity with overall mortality. The authors of the study reviewed mortality data from almost 3 million subjects. They classified mortality against body mass index (BMI). Their reference group was people with BMIs of 18.5…

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More on Obesity

I recently wrote about the obesity paradox. There are diseases in which patients who have a disease and are overweight live longer than patients with the same disease who are thinner –  hence the paradox. The December 2 New England Journal of Medicine examines Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults.The authors measured the relationship between BMI (weight in kg divided by the square of…

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