There are people who say that your BMI isn't the most accurate way to gauge your health. That's because the calculation takes into account your weight and height to come up with the number, not your overall body fat content (which experts say is much more indicative of your health). Still, BMI is useful for doing long-term studies that measure health and mortality.
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For years, doctors have cautioned people to remain in the "normal" range--18.5 to 24.9. Anything over 25 is considered overweight; numbers over 30, obese.So it came as a surprise to Danish researchers that a BMI that's higher than normal may actually be the healthier one.
In a study looking at death rates in Denmark during the past 73 years, researchers found that the people with a BMI of 27 had the lowest risk of death. Even those with a BMI of over 30 didn't have quite the same risk of dying young as they had decades earlier. In fact, having a BMI under 18.5 is associated with a shorter life--giving lie to the old cliche that you can never be too thin.
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So what is the takeaway here? Researchers believe that having a higher BMI is not as dangerous as it once was because doctors are better at treating heart disease now. Of course, you shouldn't intentionally gain weight to lengthen your life, but carrying those extra pounds--as long as you are eating good-for-you foods and are moderately active--may not be the health risk doctors previously thought.
If you are looking to shed pounds, find inspiration below from these celebrities who've lost weight.
The beloved singer's weight has fluctuated since she won American Idol, but she's gotten into kickboxing. That's her on the left in 2015 before getting pregnant with her second child, and on the right in October 2016.
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