Originally Posted by Ben Fury
Still, the risk factor rise in that study with increased BMI and reduced activity IS pretty compelling, eh?
The problem with this study is that high BMI in men is correlated with central adiposity. We don't know if this study is measuring the negative health effects of overweight, of central adiposity, or of some primary dysfunction that causes both.
I believe a number of recent studies have shown the abdominal to hip ratio being a better predictor of CV events than BMI. If true, fat can be healthy, at least if the fat is subcutaneous.