With 68 percent of U.S. women proudly wearing a size 14 or larger, we agree that fat shaming is wrong. But, doesn’t having a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese category correlate with a slew of life-shortening health concerns like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even an increased risk for certain cancers?
Apparently the research on that isn’t cut and dry. According to Linda Bacon, Ph.D., author of “Health at Every Size,” BMI “only weakly predicts longevity,” except in extreme cases. She says that most studies following large groups of participants over many years “find that people who are overweight or moderately obese live at least as long as normal weight people, and often longer.”
Bacon emphasizes working toward health — physically and emotionally — rather than making weight loss your goal.