The study, by Katherine M. Flegal and her associates at the C.D.C. and the National Institutes of Health, found that all adults categorized as overweight and most of those categorized as obese have a lower mortality risk than so-called normal-weight individuals. If the government were to redefine normal weight as one that doesn’t increase the risk of death, then about 130 million of the 165 million American adults currently categorized as overweight and obese would be re-categorized as normal weight instead.
To put some flesh on these statistical bones, the study found a 6 percent decrease in mortality risk among people classified as overweight and a 5 percent decrease in people classified as Grade 1 obese, the lowest level (most of the obese fall in this category). This means that average-height women — 5 feet 4 inches — who weigh between 108 and 145 pounds have a higher mortality risk than average-height women who weigh between 146 and 203 pounds. For average-height men — 5 feet 10 inches — those who weigh between 129 and 174 pounds have a higher mortality risk than those who weigh between 175 and 243 pounds.
Maybe we should perhaps acknowledge that your ‘normal weight’ is what you weigh.
I’m still not comfortable with only assessing things based on sex + height + weight since that leaves out a lot of important information (e.g. build, percentage muscle vs fat, etc) and anyway, wouldn’t what a person does with themselves matter more than how much they weigh compared to their height?
I mean, the last time I weighed 160 lbs, I was rather out of shape and unhealthy, but now I weigh 160 lbs but I am rather in the opposite condition. Yet my BMI would read identical each time and therefore no distinction would be made: both points would be treated as being in the same state of health, even though that obviously was not the case!
You need to have fat on your body, since it’s there to insulate and protect your innards as well as providing energy stores in the case of injury and illness. How much your body can handle or needs varies individually, mostly because how it’s stored varies individually. Sex-Hormones can determine this to a degree, but genetics play a part too (some men put on a lot around the hips, some women mostly gain on the stomach, which goes against assumption).
And, of course, don’t assume one is unhealthy if they’re very light, since again, it varies and some people are simply tiny. It’s a problem if they’re forcing themselves to be small, but not if that’s simply how they are given healthy enough habits.
There are plenty of outward signs of health, but general weight isn’t really one of them!
Exactly what I was thinking as I read this.
Unfortunately, this is a other one of those “statistics says!” Door pieces that will fuel some tired arguments about fat people and their health - but in the opposite direction of what we usually hear.
Kind of interesting, but I’d still rather trust someone’s word on whether or not their lifestyle makes them happy and take it with all the grain that their health isn’t my concern.