If you’ve not already read the post on Junkfood Science, please, go do so now.
Looking at corrected BMIs, according to the breakdowns adopted by the world’s governments, the authors found that compared to ‘normal’ BMIs (18.5 up to 25):
● being overweight (BMI 25 up to 30) was associated with a 25% lower risk of dying
● being obese (BMI 30 up to 35, which includes about 80% of all obese people) was associated with a 12% lower risk of dying.
● And the risks associated with the most ‘morbidly obese’ (BMIs 35+) — the uppermost 3% of this Canadian cohort— were statistically the same as those with ‘normal’ BMIs. [RR=1.09 (0.86-1.39, 95% CI) versus RR=1.0.]
Because physical activity could be a confounding factor, and also associated with age and health problems, they analyzed the data using models that excluded and included physical activity. Physical activity had no statistical effect on their findings.
Wow. Just wow. It’s looking like fat, even the “morbidly obese” isn’t, well, what kills us. And it’s not any more likely to kill us than anything else. It also looks like what has the most impact of dying, is age! So, instead of trying to get fatties to stop being fat, why don’t they try and get old people to stop being old.
Oh, right, they do. It’s called plastic surgery.