Your risk of death rises steadily with every overweight pound you gain, a huge study funded by the National Institutes of Health confirms.
A recent study, funded by National Institutes of Health, confirms that every extra pound of weight, someone gains, is a step towards the risk of his/her death.
Risk of death rises by threatening 31% with every 5-point increase in BMI, a measure of body mass based on weight and height. Most importantly this conclusion prevails even if one is not used to smoke an apparently enjoying good health.
Data is being presented here; shows clearly that how close an increase in BMI can take you to the death risk! The data below; compares the increase in BMI with the normal BMI i.e. 22.5 to 24.9.
* A BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 increased death risk by 13%
* A BMI of 30.0 to 34.9 increased death risk by 44%
* A BMI of 35.0 to 39.9 increased death risk by 88%
* A BMI of 40.0 to 49.9 increased death risk by 251%
The above-mentioned figures are for men and women who do not smoke and who have no underlying disease.
Being underweight may also increase death risk, but it's not clear whether underlying, undetected disease might account for this finding.
Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, DPhil, of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues stated:
"We conclude that for non-Hispanic whites, both overweight and obesity are associated with increased all-cause mortality," they conclude. "All-cause mortality is generally lowest within the BMI range of 20.0 to 24.9."