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Maybe You Should Gain a Few Pounds

Researchers have found that people who are above "normal" weight, but not obese, live longer than any other weight group. This is people who's BMI is categorized as "overweight" Calculate your BMI here.

some articles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/weekinreview/11kolata.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/health/07fat.html?adxnnl=1&ref=weekinreview&adxnnlx=1195156882-4TKb/mprzyuJiN8URDWMgA

Basically, there are health risks from being thin (even if you're not incredibly thin) as well as from being obese.

Taking that into consideration, should we really be calling these people overweight?

So, I could stand to get more exercise, and eat healthier, but I do NOT need to lose weight. If anything, I could apparently stand to gain a few pounds, not that I'll consciously try (My BMI is at the high end of normal, just under "overweight"). I feel really good about this. Our culture is often telling people they should be skinny for their health, when they're perfectly healthy as they are (or when any lack of health is unrelated to their weight). I always felt a lot of that was BS, and its good to have some vindication.

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eyelid
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. I think that the "unhealthy" label is just stuck on because of fat-phobia. It's ridiculous. Obviously unless you have specific medical issues or are grossly obese, there is no health problem with being "overweight" (whatever that means).

I think our BMI charts need serious reconsideration.
phoenixredux
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Is this a hint that you want to go to Matt's Bar for Juicy Luicys? Because baby, you don't need to use SCIENCE to convince me that you need a cheeseburger. :)

And I think you're teh sexxxy. :)
ignusfaatus
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)


you should change yr lj name to juicylucy
phoenixredux
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Technically, it should be jucylucy. I wonder if anyone has that. Not that I'm changing my name. :)
grenacia
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
I know you think I'm teh sexxxy, darling. You're sweet and I love you.

Even if I don't need to lose weight, I still could stand to eat healthier, as I said above. But I don't think we'll give up the occasional Jucy Lucy run anytime soon.

What's your BMI?
phoenixredux
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
42!
I suppose I'd need to know my weight to calculate that.
grenacia
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: 42!
You'd better not have a BMI of 42, or no JucyLucys for you! But I don't think you weigh 285 pounds, which is about what you'd have to weigh to get your BMI up there.
phoenixredux
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: 42!
No, it's just the ultimate answer to everything. I don't actually know.
ignusfaatus
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
yay! i am in the optimal range!!
grenacia
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Let's go outlive those skinny model chicks!
iggadigga
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah... now I only need to lose about 10-15lbs to be considered "healthy" by the random people who I tend to ignore anyway instead of needing to lose 30-40! Whoo! :P Heh heh, anyway, I'm not terribly surprised by this... my grandmother lived to be 98 and she was never thin, or obese, just pleasantly German-grandma-sized. :) (I inherited her thighs.)
grenacia
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Keep ignoring them! There are more important things to your health than what you weigh.
chaoticsilly
Nov. 16th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Looks like I could still stand to lose a bit (BMI = 32.5'ish), but I'm not that far off. :)
fionna_g
Nov. 18th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm right where I need to be, apparently :)

(Although I haven't weighed myself in months, though, so really, who knows?)
jfrands
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
BMI has been repeatedly shown in studies to be an inconsistent predictor of a person's longevity or mortality-- just too many confounding factors. The best "simple" measurement that predicts mortality is actually your waist circumference (under 30 for women and under 40 for men) since it has been shown that "apple" body type is far greater of a cardiovascular risk than "pear" body type, and that is in turn highly determined by your sex hormones and genetics.
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