A slightly higher BMI DECREASES mortality. A BMI of 35 does not affect mortality.

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    Jan 11, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    Straight from the AHA, and a number of good sources.

    Bodybuilders and health professionals, have known, for years, that BMI = BUNK.

    My BMI is a 34.

    Being slightly OVERWEIGHT by the BMI DECREASES mortality...Yep...decreases. Science isn't quite sure of the pathway, but, it's been documented in numerous studies.

    http://www.theheart.org/article/1492205.do?utm_medium=email&utm_source=20130111_topStories&utm_campaign=newsletter
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    It's because the grim reaper prefers lean and fit people.
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    Bodybuilders are an outlier for healthy BMIs. And they're a statistically small subpopulation.
    Life Insurance companies still like BMI because there is a strong correlation between unhealthy BMI and mortality.

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    Jan 12, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    Macaque saidBodybuilders are an outlier for healthy BMIs. And they're a statistically small subpopulation.
    Life Insurance companies still like BMI because there is a strong correlation between unhealthy BMI and mortality.



    I know. It's an actuarial thing but BMI doesn't work very well on healthy folks.
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:47 PM GMT
    What is interesting is that the lowest BMI doesn't have better mortality. Any number of causes. It'll be interesting so see what they come up with.
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidWhat is interesting is that the lower BMI doesn't have better mortality. Any number of causes. It'll be interesting so see what they come up with.


    Here's the thing: obesity significantly increases mortality, and for 90% of the population, BMI is an accurate indicator. However, it's obesity, not high BMI alone, that is the cause.

    No one ever suggested that being heavier than average, regardless of composition, is harmful.
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    Slightly overweight people are happier?
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:25 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    chuckystud saidWhat is interesting is that the lowest BMI doesn't have better mortality. Any number of causes. It'll be interesting so see what they come up with.


    Here's the thing: obesity significantly increases mortality, and for 90% of the population, BMI is an accurate indicator. However, it's obesity, not high BMI alone, that is the cause.

    No one ever suggested that being heavier than average, regardless of composition, is harmful.


    This was all over CNN the other day that those who are a bit more obese (not BMI) may have more resources to fight disease.

    I don't think it's what they were expecting to find, when they did the study.

    Leaner, fit, folks, do live longer, and have a higher quality of life. Extemely muscular folks, like myself, provided they exercise often have a slightly longer, and, of course, don't have the typical diseases of aging. However....my heart has to move more blood, has to perform more work to keep me alive. As of September, and 39 years of lifting, my heart wall is 14mm (very good). I do NOT have LVH to any extensive degree. (18 to 21 mm is considered LVH). I'm at very low risk of a MI, osteoperosis, and the like, because of the load bearing exercise. I gobble down flaxseed oil, the only oil that has been clinically show to not just raise HDLs, but also to lower blood pressure by 10 to 15 systolic. It's single most effective non-drug intervention for blood pressure and HDLs and more effective than statins at raising HDL.
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    WhoDey saidSlightly overweight people are happier?


    That was cited as a possible reason, yes.