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April 20, 2005

Laughing all the way to the fridge

I am 5' 11½" tall and weigh 270 lbs (okay, maybe 275...okay, 280 but I think the scales are messed up). My wife is 5'3" tall and weighs 110 lbs on a good day. Obviously you can imagine who nags who about their weight. That is until today.

People who are overweight have a lower death risk than those of normal weight, federal researchers in the United States will report Wednesday in the newest and most comprehensive study of the impact of obesity.

The researchers, statisticians and epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute, also found that the risks of obesity were not apparent until people became extremely obese, a group that constitutes only 8 percent of Americans. But being very thin - even though the thinness was not caused by disease - also caused a slight increase in the death risk the researchers report.

I thought of that yesterday when I read that it was the anniversary of the death of Alfred Hitchcock, who died April 19, 1980 at the age of 80. Have you ever seen a picture of him? At one time he weighed 300 lbs. He was 5'7" tall. Eighty years -old when he died. I always wondered how much difference weight made in stuff like that. Mostly you hear “common knowledge” type stuff, but never backed by real scientific studies. (Like the myth that eggs will raise your cholesterol, which was disputed by an several scientific studies* that showed just the opposite)

There is that bit about “extremely” obese. The article does explain, but using those darn commie measurements. I found a web site that converts kilograms to good ole American pounds and found that, according to the article a 5'7" person is underweight if they weight less than 122 lbs, normal if the weigh between 122 and 162, overweight if they weighed from 162 to 193. The study found that health risks didn't start appearing until the subjects, at that height, weighed more that 229 lbs. Oops.

Well, for one I'm taller than 5'8" and the last time I weighed even close to 162 lbs (the margin between normal and overweight) I was at the same height, but was 168 lbs and was getting worried comments because my ribs were showing. I was a junior in high school and had a tendency to skip a lot of meals. Okay, so 270 [cough] maybe be stretching the factors, but the report does show that what's considered overweight is actually not as unhealthy as previous assumed. And besides 80 is a pretty ripe old age and I'm just a little over halfway there.

Coverage: Outside the Beltway, WizBang, Myopic Zeal

*Effect of Dietary (Egg) Cholesterol on Serum Cholesterol in Free-Living Adults, Morgan JM, Tavani DM, Garwin JL, Stowell RL, Richardson MP, Capuzzi DM., The Journal of Applied Nutrition Vol. 45, No. 3 & 4, 1993

Eggs Compatible with a Diet that Reduces Hypercholesterolemia, Garwin JL, Morgan JM, Stowell RL, Tavani DL, Capuzzi DM, Division of Lipid Disorders, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and C.R. Eggs, Inc., King of Prussia, PA (JLG)., Presented at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Association of American Physicians/American Society for Clinical Investigation/American Federation for Clinical Research, Baltimore, MD, May 1, 1992. Clinical Research 1992;40:159A.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 20, 2005 10:31 AM

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