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    What weight minimizes mortality?

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    Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:00 am Email this article
    MORTALITY IS MINIMIZED with a BMI of 25-32 according to one analysis. The BMI of minimum risk was 3.1 higher in black men than white men and 1.5 higher in black women than white women. The BMI of minimum risk is 27-30 for black men, 26-27 for black women, 25-27 for white men, and 24-26 for white women.

    These conclusions were reached after analyzing data from 13,242 participants in the NHANES-I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study, and 114,954 people from the National Health Interview Survey.


    ? Durazo-Arvizu R, Cooper RS, Luke A, Prewitt TE, Liao Y, McGee DL. Relative weight and mortality in U.S. blacks and whites: findings from representative national population samples. Annals of Epidemiology, 1997 Aug, 7(6):383-95.

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