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Obese men are 75% less likely to commit suicide than thin men
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:13 am Email this article
Obese men with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are only one-fourth as likely to commit suicide as thin men with a BMI of 21 or less according to a study from researchers at the Harvard Medical School. Suicide Rate
Suicide rate: 52 vs 13 per 100,000
The suicide rate was 52 per 100,000 for men with a BMI of 21 or less (thin) compared to only 13 per 100,000 for men with a BMI of 30 or more.
Height and Physical Activity
Height and physical activity had no effect
No association was found to height or physical activity.
Conclusion: Let’s figure out why this is
“Although obesity cannot be recommended on the basis of its detrimental effects, further research into the mechanisms of lower risk among overweight and obese men may provide insights into effective methods of suicide prevention,” the authors concluded.
Mukamal K, Kawachi I, Miller M, Rimm E. Body mass index and risk of suicide among men. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Mar 12, 167(5):468-75.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Departments of Society, Human Development, and
Department of Health, Health Policy and Management
Department of Epidemiology, and Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Heath
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Mass, USA
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