Is Being Overweight a Good Thing?

Hot off the presses from the Journal of the American Medical Association is a new large analysis of the risk of dying based on body mass index (JAMA 2013;309(1): 71-82).  It has found its way into the media because of its surprising results.   It has long been my assertion based on the data that existed at the time that as your BMI increases above 30 it is clear that your risk of dying increases.  At a BMI between 25 and 30 it is not clear but your risk of dying probably increases. Continue reading