NEW YORK — Dieters worried about how high their body mass index numbers are shouldn't worry just yet, according to a new study.
It claims that people classified with an overweight BMI are more likely to live longer than those in the healthy or underweight categories.
That seemingly too good to be true study was conducted by Copenhagen University Hospital on more than 100,000 people spanning four decades.
It's not saying that overweight people who don't exercise and only eat fatty food are healthy, rather it draws a point that the definition of "overweight" by BMI scale standards need to be corrected.
By current definition people with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight, while someone with a BMI of 30 falls in the obese category.
But according to the new study, the BMI that carried that lowest risk of death went up from 23.7 in 1976 to 27 in 2013.