In people over 65-years-old, a body mass index (BMI) of 23 to 23.9 was associated with the lowest risk of dying over the next 12 years according to a review of 32 studies.
Being leaner than this was associated with a greater risk of dying.
Not until a person weighed considerably more than this, was it associated with a greater risk of dying.
“For older populations, being overweight was not found to be associated with an increased risk of mortality; however, there was an increased risk for those at the lower end of the recommended BMI range for adults,” the authors concluded.
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