A study the media overlooked: being fat lowers mortality for women
What is rarely revealed, is that the measures popularly believed to be risk factors are actually not good predictors of our risks for death or disease at all.
The December issue of Archives of Internal Medicine published a study led by researchers at the
None of the lifestyle and risk factors popularly believed to be important actually proved to make a relevant difference except for one.
The only risk factor that had a tenable correlation with increased risk of dying among post-menopausal women was a 50-pack year history of cigarette smoking, which was associated with a nearly 4 times higher risk.
And one of the most popularly-believed risks factor for premature death proved to be associated with a 30% lower mortality among these women — obesity.
Sure, it could be said to be a minor correlation, but if it had supported the dangers of obesity it certainly would have been shouted from the rooftops. But since it didn’t, you never heard about this study.