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  • Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

    Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

    The holiday season is always a time of joyous over-indulgence with loved ones. But now that we are past Christmas and into January, you may want to consider cutting back on unhealthful food as one of your New Year’s resolutions.
    This is because a new study — published in the International Journal of Epidemiology — has suggested that the harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated in previous studies.

    Some believe that being mildly overweight is good for health. This is because older studies have found that the optimum body mass index (BMI) associated with the minimal risk of death appears to be above the range that is normally recommended by doctors, which is between 18.5 and 25 kilograms per square meter.

    But other scientists are less convinced by this, suspecting that these studies do not accurately reflect the full effect of BMI on health.

    They argue that other factors, such as smoking or early stages of illness, can both lower BMI and increase risk of death, which makes figuring out BMI’s influence on risk of death more difficult.