Contrary to what was previously assumed, overweight is not increasing the overall death rate in the German population. Matthias Lenz of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences of the University of Hamburg and his co-authors present these and other results in the current issue of Deutsches Ärtzeblatt International (Dtsch Artzebl Int 2009; 106: 641).
At least Germans do not die at much higher rates when they are overweight. In fact, overweight men lave a slightly lower death rate. And the differences become less as people age.
To a large extent, most overweight people are actually pretty healthy. And they generally do not die at a higher rate. So why the huge focus on BMI, which have no real connection to overall longevity?
Could it be that so many people make so much money on the overweight?
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