April 22, 2005

More about how being fat is good

Here's an article that goes through the recent CDC report with a fine tooth comb and finds that we've been lied to in the past. Previous estimates were that 400,000 people a year died because of obesity related problems.

It now appears the number is actually closer to 26,000. That takes obesity as first or second leading cause of death to less than auto accidents.

The article goes on to say that, only those people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) higher than 35 are more likely to die prematurely.

I have a problem with the BMI measurement. It only takes into account your height and weight. The weight could be due to muscle mass or fat. I would think that a percent body fat would make a better indicator of “fatness”.

At this rate, they’ll soon be telling us that smoking is not all the fired bad for you.

Posted by Ted at April 22, 2005 8:16 PM