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People whose maximum BMI was 25-29.9 (overweight) were 6% more likely to die over 12 years
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People whose maximum body mass index (BMI) over 16 years was in the overweight range (BMI of 25-29.9) were 6% more likely to die than people whose maximum BMI was in the normal range (BMI of 18.5–24.9) during an average follow-up of 12 years according to data from the Nurses’ Health Study I and II and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study which included 225,072 men and women.
However, when they only looked a person’s weight at the beginning of the study, being overweight (BMI of 25-29.9) was associated with a 4% lower risk of death during the 12 year follow-up.
However, when they included maximum BMI, they found an increased risk of death.
Yu E, Ley SH, Manson JE, Willett W, Satija A, Hu FB, and Stokes A. Weight History and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Prospective Cohort Studies. Ann Intern Med, 2017 May 02; 166(9): 613-620.
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Andrew Stokes, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
801 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118 USA
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