Here’s why being obese is even deadlier than you might think

March 01, 2023

“This study and others are beginning to expose the true toll of this public health crisis.”BMI thinks Tom Cruise is obese! This U-shaped curve shows that those in the “overweight” category (BMI 25–30) have the lowest risk of death. Meanwhile, previous studies say those in the “obese” category (BMI 30–35) have little to no increased risk of death in comparison to people in the “healthy” category (18.5–25). How long you’re obese matters the mostIn this new study of weight’s link to health, Masters examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1988 to 2015. One in five in the “healthy” weight category had been overweight or obese at some point over the past decade.