Being Overweight May Be Good for Your Health

Much has been said about being overweight and its dangers. We have been cautioned by doctors many times to watch our diet and maintain a healthy weight, but strangely half of the population is overweight or obese according to a number of recent studies.

However, there is good news for our overweight and obese brothers and sisters. A strange but sure observation has been made which is leaving people confused and wondering what is the right weight for a person. In fact it has been confirmed that being moderately overweight can actually be very good for a persons health. If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is slightly higher than average, then you may just be on the right track.

Being Overweight May Be Good for Your HealthThe normal BMI range considered to be healthy is 18.5 to 24.9, while 25 to 29.9 is overweight and anywhere over 30 is obese. But some researchers are begining to question simply relying entirely on the BMI facts because it does not show the different types of the fat in the body. Again, you may get a muscular person who has the same BMI as an overweight person because the BMI does not differentiate between muscle and fats.

For those who don’t know how to calculate their BMI, this is how it is done:

Take your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared and you will get your BMI.

What benefits does an overweight person have over an underweight or normal weight person?

  • It is believed that they live longer. This is because this group of people have a lower risk of contracting infections like lung diseases and Parkinson’s among others, thus lowering the risk of dying at a younger age. However, this does not mean that being overweight is entirely healthy, but just stating a fact that has been researched. Of course a person can die if they have other diseases especially the ones associated with smoking.
  • Another observation made is that this group of people does not suffer from high blood pressure contrary to what most people think. In fact the research has further shown that more than half of overweight people have normal blood pressure and their cholesterol levels are normal. Again, the doctors are advising people who are overweight to continue exercising and also suggesting that a regular visit to the doctor to check on cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar is also being encouraged.