Is Thinner Healthier? Researchers Say NO.

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Remember a couple of years ago when researchers found the shocking discovery that people who are overweight have a lower death rate than people who are underweight, normal weight or obese? The data has been analyzed, verified and quantified and it’s true.

If you’re more likely to live longer by being a little overweight, is there any reason to eat healthy and exercise? YES.

Dr. Mitchell Gail, a cancer institute scientist and an author of the paper, had some advice, which, he said, is his personal opinion as a physician and researcher: “If you are in the pink and feeling well and getting a good amount of exercise and if your doctor is very happy with your lab values and other test results, then I am not sure there is any urgency to change your weight.”

Keep up the good work and know that you’ll live happier by taking care of yourself.

Via: A group of federal researchers reports that there were 100,000… (kottke.org)


4 Responses to “Is Thinner Healthier? Researchers Say NO.”

  1. ellie Says:

    Well, if people who are ‘overweight’ live longer, it doesn’t make sense to call it ‘overweight,’ now does it? I mean, perhaps the charts are just wrong.

    Since the experiences of being pregnant, giving birth, and losing our newborn child to brain damage, I’ve come to the realization of what an amazing miracle the human body is at any size. At this point I can honestly say that I exercise and eat well because it feels good and I want to live for a long time.

    I don’t much care about where my weight falls on some insurance company’s chart or where the shape of my butt falls on some societal scale of hotness, but it’s still nice to hear that maybe 140 pounds on my 5’3″ frame isn’t a ‘bad’ thing.

  2. B. Says:


    That’s the kind of news I like! 🙂

    Ellie, that is an amazing realization. The body is pretty miraculous.

  3. iportion Says:

    Many trainers feel the BMI is wrong as it is. It will give a body buildre the same BMi as someone who nexer exercies. Also Maybe lightly overweight is reallt normal weight but we’ve been so conditioned all body fat is bad. I’ve been on both sides. Very obese but I also have been undersfat and ill.

  4. iportion Says:

    I say underfat since I was at “Normal weight” yet I was having problems underwight people have.

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