New study: The healthiest BMI is actually 'overweight'

Study Says Those With Higher BMI Live Longer

If you go by Body Mass Index alone, many people are considered overweight or obese.

But a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that BMI alone isn't always an accurate prediction of how healthy you are.

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BMI doesn't touch on cardiovascular fitness or body composition, Shape reported.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed the heights, weights, and mortality rates of more than 100,000 people.

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They found obesity isn't as dangerous as it used to be. In fact, they found the overall mortality rate for obese people (BMI of 30 or greater) is no longer higher than it is for people of normal weight (BMI between 18.5 and 24.9).

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They also found people who are considered overweight (BMI between 25 and 29.9) actually had the lowest risk of death.

Doctors caution about reading too much into the results. They say being in the obese category is never healthy.

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