Seems that weight (or BMI) alone is not an indicator for health. According to a recent report from the Mayo Clinic, the body fat percentage of normal weight can vary greatly (from below 28.9% to more than 33.3% for women). And, as one’s body fat percentage increases, so does high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes. For example, only 4.2% of normal weight individuals with the least amount of body fat developed Metabolic Syndrom over the nine year period, but that percentage increased to 16.6% when body fat was over 33.3%. This is no small study; they looked at data from 6171 Americans with normal body size! Want to read more? Go to the Wall Street Journal.
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