You Have Less Chance of Dying if You’re Fat

Doh!

Bad news for us folks who want to lose weight and are using ‘better health’ as a motivation to lose.

From the New York Times:

the study found a 6 percent decrease in mortality risk among people classified as overweight and a 5 percent decrease in people classified as Grade 1 obese, the lowest level (most of the obese fall in this category). This means that average-height women — 5 feet 4 inches — who weigh between 108 and 145 pounds have a higher mortality risk than average-height women who weigh between 146 and 203 pounds. For average-height men — 5 feet 10 inches — those who weigh between 129 and 174 pounds have a higher mortality risk than those who weigh between 175 and 243 pounds.

Maybe it’s better to have a goal of being less fat rather than thin? Personally, I am shooting for 200 lbs. and I’m 5 foot 10 inches.

Maybe some of you might want to consider a diet that focuses on health and not so much on weight?

Maybe Meghan Trainor is right?

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One thought on “You Have Less Chance of Dying if You’re Fat

  1. I personally think that we should all focus less on weight and needing to look a certain way and just be happy with ourselves, our bodies, and maybe just strive to be healthier. For one, I am done with new year’s resolutions to look this way or that way or lose X number of lbs by this date. I am always disappointed when I can’t meet them and end up depressed and unhappy with myself. This year I’m striving to be healthier and not necessarily lose weight. And if staying chubby means that maybe I’ll live longer, than so be it 🙂

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