The Presence Of A Few Extra Pounds In Man Reduces The Risk Of Sudden Death – Part 2 of 3
Obese people, however, had an 18 percent higher peril of death. For those who were the least obese, the risk of death was 5 percent lower than for normal weight people, but for those who were the most obese the risk of death was 29 percent higher, the findings revealed. While the haunt found an association between weight and premature death risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
Indeed, one expert cautioned that body weight alone cannot predict trim and the risk of death. “There are other factors that play a role in overall health,” said Dr William Cefalu, chief and professor of the section of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and co-author of an accompanying almanac editorial. “Body mass index simply is a parameter; it doesn’t take into consideration family history, it doesn’t take into consideration smoking, fitness, cholesterol and other factors that should be considered beyond body volume index”.
Another expert agreed and added that the issues around body weight are more complicated than this study suggests. “This is a large, sophisticated and statistically powerful study that shows convincingly that more grievous degrees of obesity increase the risk of premature death, while being merely overweight does not,” said Dr David Katz, the director of the Yale University Medical School Prevention Research Center. “Like the cram itself, the messages here are a bit complex”.