According to a recent study, high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from every major cause.
The study revealed that BMI that’s either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases. The study was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Krishnan Bhaskaran, lead author of the study said that the researchers found “important associations” between BMI and most causes of death. He said, “BMI is a key indicator of health. We know that BMI is linked to the risk of dying overall, but surprisingly little research has been conducted on the links to deaths from specific causes.”
“We have filled this knowledge gap to help researchers, patients and doctors better understand how underweight and excess weight might be associated with diseases such as cancer, respiratory disease and liver disease.”
The result showed that maintaining a BMI in the range of 21 to 25 kg/m2 is linked to the lowest level of morbidity.
Meanwhile, Obesity was identified to reduce life expectancy by 4.2 years in men and 3.5 years in women. It can even contribute to other chronic conditions including respiratory disease, liver disease and diabetes.
Earlier, the British Journal of Cancer revealed that obesity is linked to 7.5% of cancers in UK women.