I’m sure you have all heard the news

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.

4 Responses

  1. I wonder why they excluded people under 19.5 BMI, which is actually a bit above what is considered a “healthy” weight minimum (you’re still considered “healthy” according to the BMI at 18.5)?

    I guess since the goal was to see how high BMIs correlate to assumed negative healthy outcomes associated with high BMIs, rather than seeing how health outcomes correlate to BMI across the board.

    Still seems a little off though for some reason. Probably because I’m not a scientist, and really have too many issues of my own to really view anything in this realm objectively though.

  2. People with lower than healthy BMI should be included in this study too.

  3. BMI is bogus anyway. Somewhere on the web there are several comparisons showing celebrities with “obese” BMIs because their weight was disproportionate to their height, but they did not have excess body fat.

    BMI is bogus because it does not take into account body composition.

  4. […] in case you think that the concern with fatness is really about health, here’s just one study to contradict that […]

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