Contrary to medical and conventional wisdom, being overweight does not increase the death rate among men–in fact it’s 7% lower than normal–according to a new study published in the journal, Deutsches Ärtzeblatt International.
Most Germans are overweight by medical-community standards, with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 kg. About 20% are obese (BMI of 30 or over). For German men who are overweight, the study showed that overall mortality remains unchanged across most risk factors.
But the news isn’t all good for ze Germans. For coronary artery disease, being overweight increases risk by 20% and obesity increases it by 50%.
On the other hand, being higher on the BMI ladder was linked with a lower risk of bone and hip fracture (counterintutive, no?). And the study also indicated that the longer someone lives, the less being obese matters to their health.
The overall cancer death rate among extremely obese men (BMI >40) is no higher than among those of normal weight. No such association was found in women.
Hat tip: EurekAlert