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Lean body shape is linked to lowest mortality, research shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2545 (Published 05 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2545
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

People who maintain a stable lean body shape throughout their lifetime have the lowest mortality, while those with a heavy body shape from childhood to middle age have the highest, a large study published in The BMJ has found.1

Researchers tracked the evolution of body shape and the associated mortality among two large cohorts. A total of 80 266 women and 36 622 men in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study were asked to recall their body shape at ages 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40. They also provided their body mass index (BMI) at age …

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