Loving how in the midst of the New Year’s weight loss ad blitz, the Internet is abuzz with the new CDC study in this month’s JAMA showing that “Grade 1 obesity (the lowest level relative to what is considered normal weight) overall was not associated with higher mortality, and overweight (the level for sizes between ‘normal’ weight and obese) was associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality.” This basically means that being a bit heavier than what is called normal weight is not necessarily a risk for death, and depending on the level, could actually be associated with less risk of death than “normal” weight. The reasons for this vary–being larger, like being smaller, alone doesn’t guarantee better health–but it does give some broader perspectives on the impacts of size. Here are a few of the related articles I’ve seen circulating today.
- Aubrey, Allison. “Research: A Little Extra Fat May Help You Live Longer.” NPR.com
- Blue, Laura. “Being Overweight Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality.” CNN.com
- Campos, Paul. “Our Absurd Fear of Fat.” The New York Times
- Sepkowitz, Kent. “CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People.” TheDailyBeast.com
- Wann, Marilyn. “Big Deal: You Can Be Fat and Fit.” CNN.com