But in case you haven’t, there’s a new study out. In the study, they examined the relationship between BMI (Body Mass Index) and illness.
The results aren’t anything at all what the “doom and gloom you’re costing me money by raising the insurance premiums I have to pay you Fatty McFatterson!” people would like to hear.
A study examining the relationship betweenbody mass index (BMI) and illness suggests that a BMI of 30 or above, a signal of obesity according to federal health standards, does not translate into current illness among adults under age 40.
In addition, researchers found that across all age groups studied, from 25 to 70 years, there was little difference in the current health status in normal-weight vs. overweight people based on the medications they took.
So, to recap something I’ve been saying for years: Just because a person is fat, that does not mean they are any less healthy than anybody else in the world. They may be less healthy, but that doesn’t mean being overweight is what caused it. While the article reports that people over 40 and who are obese take more medication, it doesn’t say what the medication is for. Could it be that people over 40 take more anti-depressants which is causing the patient to be fat? We just don’t know because we’ve not been given any data on that in the article.
While the article still does try to link obesity with illness in some parts, without giving us any specifics, there is one other good thing in it:
“For college-age adults, this should help them realize that they don’t have to worry so much if they have a BMI of 27 or 28. Some young people with these BMIs feel like, ‘I’m going to have all these problems, I need to try 50 different diets.’ And what is all that stress and dieting doing to your body? Probably more damage than the extra 15 pounds is,” Jarrett said.
It’s a start.