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Ideal BMI Identified by NIH: 22.5 to 24.9

"The ideal woman's BMI from the standpoint of attracting men is 20.8. So you need to choose between a longer life, or a better love life."
- Mark in the comments

A body mass index between 20.0 and 24.9 is associated with the lowest risk of death in healthy, non-smoking, non-Hispanic white adults, finds a study from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers pooled data from 19 long-term studies and found that healthy, non-smoking, overweight women were 13 % more likely to die during the study’s follow-up period than were women with a BMI between 22.5 and 24.9. Researchers report a 44 % increase in risk of death for obese women with BMIs of 30 to 34.9. Results were the same for men. Researchers accounted for lifestyle risk factors and came up with similar results, indicating that BMI plays a large role as a risk factor for death. They plan to broaden the range of the study to include other ethnic and racial groups.

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Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, National Institutes of Health, Obesity, Overweight, Death Risk Factor

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Mark commenter Mark at 7:35 pm on December 4, 2010

Another take on this is the size 14, 40-inch hips, pear shaped ideal for women's cardiovascular health:

Then there is the ideal form the standpoint of attracting men: 20.8:

Robert commenter Robert at 5:17 am on December 5, 2010

The first sentence gives the optimal range as 20.0 to 24.9. The second sentences gives the range as 22.5 to 24.9. Which is it?

Marissa commenter Marissa at 3:30 pm on December 5, 2010

According to the study brief, the optimal BMI range is between 20.0 and 24.9. The article didn't include statistics from adults with a BMI between 20 and 22.5, which could explain the discrepancy.

Marissa commenter Marissa at 3:31 pm on December 5, 2010

ETA: I wrote "study brief" and meant "NIH release."

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