The Puritan anti-fat health Nazis have lied to us it on BMI
THE BMI measure is wrong:
Dr Katherine Flegal, of the National Centre for Health Statistics in the United States, found that people who are overweight had a six per cent lower risk of death than normal weight people.
The risk for those with a BMI (body mass index) of between 30 and 35 fell by five per cent. But those grossly obese with a BMI above 35 were 29 per cent more likely to die than slim people of the same age.
The NHS says:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
When did fat and jolly become fat and a burden on the NHS?
The message about health seems to be based on abstinence.