the difference between underweight and overweight
Friday, May 17, 2013
If my BMI was 18.5 the lowest normal weight, I could only lose ten pounds before a doctor would be concerned about my weight. If I had an injury, respiratory infection, bad anxiety or depression and I lost weight as the result, I could be at risk of developing complications due to be underweight.
If my weight was even fifty pounds over BMI 25, I would still In the category of Class I obesity which has a mortality equal to normal weight individuals. While being underweight increases mortality considerably.
When we look at averages of weights, we have to take this into consideration. People can be a hundred, two hundred pounds overweight, even more. A person is likely to be very ill if they weigh less than twenty pounds under normal. There are naturally thin people, but they are very rare. Thirty pounds overweight for most people just put them into the obese category. Overweight people according to research by the CDC live longer than normal weight people.
It's healthy to be a little overweight than a little underweight, but our society sees overweight as the danger.