NIH study identifies ideal body mass index – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In a National Cancer Institute study researchers found that a body mass index or BMI, between 20 and 25 is associated with lowest risk of death compared to other BMI levels.
Berrington: We studied white adults who were never smokers and who were healthy.
Narrator: Dr. Amy Berrington is lead author of the study.
Berrington: We also found that being overweight, that’s having a body mass index between 25 and 30, is associated with a small increase risk of death.
Narrator: But for every five unit increase in BMI, the researchers observed a 31 percent increase in risk of death. For details on the 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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