Monday, March 31, 2014

Underweight Individuals Face Higher Risk Of Dying Than Obese

From MedlinePlus, "Underweight Even Deadlier Than Overweight, Study Says: Death risk nearly doubled for excessively thin people" by Alan Mozes:
It's said you can never be too rich or too thin, but new research suggests otherwise. People who are clinically underweight face an even higher risk for dying than obese individuals, the study shows.

Compared to normal-weight folks, the excessively thin have nearly twice the risk of death, researchers concluded after reviewing more than 50 prior studies.

Obesity has occupied center stage under the public health spotlight, but "we have [an] obligation to ensure that we avoid creating an epidemic of underweight adults and fetuses who are otherwise at the correct weight," said study leader Dr. Joel Ray, a physician-researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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