London: A recent study which suggested that being overweight can lead to a longer life has caused controversy among obesity experts.One expert labelled the findings a “pile of rubbish” while another said it was a “horrific message” to put out, the BBC reported.The study, which has been in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested that the overweight people were less likely to die prematurely than people with a “healthy” weight.The researchers at the US National Centre for Health Statistics looked at 97 studies involving nearly 2.9 million people to compare death rates with Body Mass Index (BMI) - a way of measuring obesity using a person’s weight and height.A healthy BMI is considered to be above 18.5 and below 25. However, overweight people (with a BMI between 25 and 30) were 6 percent less likely to die early than those considered to have a healthy weight, the study reports.According to the study, being “overweight was associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality”.
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