Underweight individuals are more likely to die than overweight ones, according to a new research study put out by Canadian scientists. They have found that the chance of dying is 1.2 times for overweight people, but the risk goes up to 1.8 for those who are considered underweight. So anyone that is considered to be under a healthy weight just might be at more of a drawback than their overweight companions.
Dr. Joel Ray, who works for St. Michael’s Hospital and his group examined over 50 studies that connected to people’s body mass index or BMI and deaths that occurred from any reason. Furthermore, the information on stillbirths along with the weight of newborns in Ontario was included in the study.
During the investigation, the researchers discovered that underweight adults who had a BMI that was under 18.5 have a 1.8 times more chance of dying than people who have a normal BMI that runs between 18.5 and 24.9. Yet, for individuals who were overweight with BMI that was 30 to 34.9 have a 1.2 times greater chance of dying. People who are morbidly obese and have a BMI that is above 35 have 1.3 times the chance of dying.
Health professionals say that heavy drug and/or alcohol use, smoking, mental health, poor nourishment, low income standing, poor self-awareness and care all as being the usual causes for individuals being underweight. BMI shows not only what the body’s fat is but also how much muscle mass it has.
Dr. Ray stated that researches want to continue using BMI in both health and public health care plans, it has to be taken into account that a truly healthy and vigorous individual is someone that not only has a sensible quantity of body fat but also has satisfactory amounts of muscle and body for his or her body type.
The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health.
It seems that managing weight always seems to focus on too much weight and being obese, with the worry of high cholesterol, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes seen as diseases that can be prevented. However this new research shows that people who are on the underweight side of body mass index have a higher risk of early death than people who are in the healthy weight area. That number also beats the chance that obesity plays in earlier death.
However, BMI has also been considered controversial, as a way to measure a person’s weight, even though it is still used as a major health measure. The body mass index examines weight when measured to height.
Dr. Ray stated that caution has to be used when the BMI used but the index’s calculation had a comprehensive basis for the research study. He added that if physicians continue to focus on the troubles of additional body fat, then there will be a need to change BMI with a more appropriate kind of measure, such as measuring the circumference of the waist.
Underweight individuals have been found to be more likely to die than overweight ones, according to a new research study put out by Canadian scientists. They have found that the chance of dying is 1.2 times for overweight people, but the risk goes up to 1.8 for those who are considered underweight.
By Kimberly Ruble