BMI & Life Expectancy
According to a meta analysis of 19 studies, researchers from the National Cancer Institute have concluded that if Caucasian Americans want to live a long healthy life, they should keep a close eye on their BMI score.
The researchers found that having a BMI of between 20.0 and 24.9 gave test subjects their best chance at living a long, healthy life.
They also found that:
- A BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 increased death risk by 13%
- A BMI of 30.0 to 34.9 increased death risk by 44%
- A BMI of 35.0 to 39.9 increased death risk by 88%
- A BMI of 40.0 to 49.9 increased death risk by 251%
And when you combine this research with the fact that 2 out of every 3 Americans are overweight or obese, you can see why obesity has become a major health concern in the USA.