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New study finds higher death risk for the underweight

By Ernest Dempsey     Mar 29, 2014 in Health
Toronto - With so many health risks associated with obesity, a new study finds a more serious risk for the underweight individuals – death.
According to University Herald, a study completed by the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Canada has found that people who are clinically underweight carry a double risk of dying as compared to people who maintain the average weight. The study is based on a review of 50 older researches that studied patients over the course of at least five years.
WebMD reported the study, which came out in Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health on March 28, with statistics indicating a 1.8 times higher risk of dying for patients of all ages as compared to those who are at the average weight on their Body-Mass Index (BMI). The study also found that obese or overweight people face a 1.2 times greater risk of death while those who are severely obese are at a slightly higher death risk, i.e., 1.3.
Last year, Johns Hopkins Medicine published the findings of a study which showed normal weight as one of the four major lifestyle factors that reduce death risk. The other three factors included exercise, diet, and smoking.
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