obese BMI

Myth: Maximally underweight, overweight, and obese BMI scores do not increase the risk of death from any cause.

Truth: This is false. Although previous studies have been conflicting on BMI score and mortality, a recent study found that maximally underweight, overweight, and obese BMI scores do increase the risk of death from any cause compared to maximally normal-weight BMI scores.

Body Mass Index is the ratio of a person’s weight in kilograms to their squared height in metres. “Underweight” is categorized by a BMI measurement of less than 18.5 , “normal weight” is categorized by a BMI measurement between 18.5-24.9, “overweight” is categorized by a BMI between 25.0-29.9, “obese I” is between 30.0-34.9, and “obese II” is categorized as a BMI measurement of more than 35.

Read more about BMI scores and the risk of death from any cause here.

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