NIH study identifies ideal body mass index – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A study of nearly 1.5 million adults looking at deaths from any cause, found that a body mass index or BMI, between 20.0 and 24.9 is associated with lowest risk of death compared to other BMI levels. Dr. Amy Berrington at the National Cancer Institute adds, individuals who were overweight were 13 percent more likely to die during the study’s 10 year follow-up period than those with a normal BMI.
Berrington: We conducted the study to try and clarify the relationship between body mass index which is a measure of obesity, and all cause mortality.
Narrator: A normal BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9. For more on this study, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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