You may like how you look if you lose 10 or 20 pounds, but you may not like your outlook. According to a new Japanese study, people who are slightly chubby live years longer, on average, than those who are very thin.
With all that we hear about the dangers of obesity, the findings may seem counterintuitive. However, a body mass index between 25 and 30-overweight yet not obese-appears to be less risky than a BMI under 19. Once a person’s BMI drops below 19, so their life expectancy drops, too.
Regardless of health or habits, “skinny people run the highest risk,” researcher Shinichi Kuriyama told the AFP. When it comes to the almost seven-year difference in life span pinpointed by the study, he and his fellow researchers “didn’t expect the difference to be this large.”
So should we all throw vanity to the wind and pack on a few pounds? Not exactly.
“It’s better that thin people try to gain normal weight,” Kuriyama said, “but we doubt it’s good for people of normal physique to put on more fat.”
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