Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Gobble, gobble... pass ON the pie, please!

Good news! Being super-skinny isn't healthy. In a new study published this week by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that folks with the lowest mortality rates are those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 20 and 24.9. Those on the lowest end of the BMI scale comprised a mixed group of sicker indiivduals (current smokers, those with illnesses with a wasting component, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer) and healthier folks (those who eat lean and run mean). In the study, those with the highest BMIs had the highest mortality.

The study used a meta-analysis technique that reviews already conducted studies, and controlled for important factors that influence death, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and other confounders.

Curious how you stack up? Calculate your own BMI HERE.

So before you slather on that extra dollop of whipped cream, think... BMI.

Peace, Linda

(So, what inspired this post on pie and BMI? Stress. The holidays, work, life... I've been a two-fisted stress eater of late, and when I saw this little blurb on BMI, it both heartened me and motivated me. Writing and professing are sedentary pursuits and I need to kick my life up a notch).


  1. Awesome news, Linda. Yes, the holidays are crazy. Do what you can to survive, right?

    Turns out, I'm a healthy 21.0 : )
    Bring on the pie - definitely good fuel for writing, though a glass of red is my other vice.

  2. Another motivator for me to attack the sedentary writer's life is high cholesterol (even though I never had it before and don't eat anything with it). Regular exercise helps lower it.

    P.S. Oh, word verification is cookies :)

  3. Don't put too much stock in BMI. Correlation is not causation.

  4. Woo-hoo! I knew there was a reason why I was morally opposed to size 0.


  5. that would be Obese (just barely)for me.

    hey O is round and round is a shape, so see I'm a shape.