Study Shows That Both Low And High BMI Linked To Higher Risk of Death

In a recent study, it has been found that those with either high or low body mass index have an increased risk of death from causes across the board.

Oh, goodie.


In a study that was published this past Tuesday, being either extremely overweight or underweight puts people at an increased risk of death “from every main category of cause except for transport-related accidents” according to The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

So in lamens terms, you’re doomed if you do, doomed if you don’t to put it lightly — right?


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After analyzing 3.6 million adults, researches found that a BMI of 21 to 25 correlated with the lowest risk of morbidity.

Those with 25 or more have an increased risk for several types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, respiratory disease as well as cardiovascular disease. And those with a BMI of 30 or more are linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease as well as cancer and are considered obese.

While those with BMIs at 18.5 or lower were considered underweight, they were at an increased rate for mental health and behavioral problems, suicide, neurological disorders and death from accidental causes.

Balance really is important than, ey?


It was also found that men with higher BMIs over women were at a larger risk from dying from cardiovascular disease. And while age did have a factor, there was a stronger correlation between BMI and mortality among younger adults than older.

Additionally, age also played a role, with a stronger association between BMI and mortality among younger adults than older ones. People who were younger than 70 years at a BMI of 23 had the lowest risk of all-cause mortality. But those people older than 70 with a BMI of 25 had the lowest risk as well.

Wait, huh?


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You read that right.

So the link between BMI and mortality is “J-shaped for all-cause, communicable, and non-communicable disease mortality.”

Uhm, you can say that again.


Those who have lower BMIs also have a higher risk for injuries due to external causes but those with high BMIs have a minimal elevated risk, according to USN.

Okay, my brain just exploded. So what is healthy? Do BMI’s actually matter?



Listen we threw a lot of facts at you — and now you should probably sit down for this because we have a few more to leave you with.

Obesity is linked to a reduction in life expectancy of 4.2 years in men and 3.5 years in women. It should be noted obesity is considered to be a BMI of 30. While being underweight — which is a BMI of 18.5 or less, is linked to a reduced life expectancy of more than 4 years.

So let me help you break it down.

Eat the cake but like, maybe just once a week? It’s all about balance, baby.


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