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Slightly Overweight Folks Live Longer — Dave’s Diary

My wife has become an exercise fanatic and she is really fit and quite strong.  So much so that I have taken to minding my P’s and Q’s around her.  Not really…not YET…but she is really transforming her body and mind.  I am quite proud and happy for her.  She would love for me to join in her journey.  So do I dare show her this as my excuse?Men and women who are slightly overweight in their 50s — that is, they have a body mass index of 25 to 29.99 — are likely to live the longest.

In a nationwide study of nearly 10,000 adults in their 50s, researchers from Ohio State University concluded that people who were slightly overweight in their 50s but kept their weight relatively stable were the most likely to survive over the next 16 years.

Here’s the most astounding fact of all: Those who were slightly overweight had better survival rates than normal-weight individuals whose weight increased slightly, but stayed within the normal range. A normal range BMI is 18.5 to 24.99. Body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of weight in relation to height.

I used to be athletic before sports injuries struck me down.  Maybe just maybe they saved (or extended) my life.  At least tha’s what I’m telling her tonight!

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