Jim Wells (Jungle Jim):

Not that Shocking..

Originally posted on CBS Sacramento:


A recent study led by Dr. Katherine M. Flegal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made headlines by suggesting that overweight people may live longer than their normal-weight friends. Which made those of us who’ve been trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds put down our crullers and jump for joy. Which we then realized was a form of exercise, so we stopped.

But Flegal’s study was careful to point out that “overweight” and “obese” are not the same thing. “Normal-weight” people have body-mass indices of 18.5 to 24.9, while “overweight” includes BMIs of 25 to 29.9. Obesity begins at a BMI of 30. Flegal’s study showed that mortality rates didn’t become markedly higher until individuals hit a BMI of 35.

Now, a new study led by Dr. Thomas M. Rice at the University of California, Berkeley suggests something very similar — except Rice’s study is focused on drivers.

Rice and his colleagues studied 6,806 motorists in…

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