Cheerful news for those whose Body Mass Index (BMI) falls into the "overweight" - you will probably live longer than a person whose BMI is "ideal". Boffins in Canada and America (OK, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research) revealed the new findings following a study of over 11,000 Canadians covering the last 12 years.
"It's not surprising that extreme underweight and extreme obesity increase the risk of dying, but it is surprising that carrying a little extra weight may give people a longevity advantage," said David Feeny, PhD, one of the study's authors.
My BMI is 23.55. What's yours?