Thursday, May 23, 2024

The BMI Score Myth

Myth: Maximally underweight, overweight, and obese BMI scores do not increase the risk of death from any cause.

Truth: This is false.

Although previous studies have been conflicting on BMI score and mortality, a recent study found that maximally underweight, overweight, and obese BMI scores do increase the risk of death from any cause compared to maximally normal-weight BMI scores.

Body Mass Index is the ratio of a person’s weight in kilograms to their squared height in metres. Underweight is categorized by a BMI measurement of less than 18.5, normal weight is categorized by a BMI measurement between 18.5-24.9, overweight is categorized by a BMI between 25.0-29.9, obese I is between 30.0-34.9, and obese II is categorized as a BMI measurement of more than 35.

Read more about BMI scores and the risk of death from any cause here.

Reference

  1. Yu E, Ley SH, Manson JE, et al. Weight History and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Prospective Cohort Studies. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(9):613-620. doi:10.7326/M16-1390
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