New calculation: Obesity now No. 7 among causes of death
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Posted: 12:11 PM EDT (1611 GMT)
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Packing on the pounds is not nearly as deadly as the government thought, according to a new calculation from the CDC that found people who are modestly overweight actually have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that obesity accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.
According to the new calculation, obesity ranks No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death.
The new analysis found that obesity -- being extremely overweight -- is indisputably lethal. But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.
I wish these government morons would get their story straight. All this flip flopping back and forth just makes them look like idiots. No doubt people read things about obesity being worse than cigarettes all freak out and then when they see these corrections just a year or so later, it dosen't exactly inspire confidence in the science. Not to mention, I have no clue how the government is going to try to spin the overweight people might live longer angle. It might really be time to adjust the BMI values or maybe use a few secondary measures to determine weight category. God knows something needs a fix when people like michael jordan and Shaq show up on the thing as being overweight or obese.