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Fat's the way to do it for a longer life - Scotsman.com News

BEING overweight or mildly obese means you will live longer on average than people who are slim or skinny, according to the astonishing conclusion of a team of statistics experts.
A person who is overweight can expect to live two and a half months longer than someone of 'ideal' weight and 15 months longer than an underweight person, concludes the study of the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and longevity.....

The Scottish Faculty of Actuaries commissioned the new research, which included examining databases in the UK and from the world-famous Framingham Heart Study, named after a Massachusetts community whose 10,000 inhabitants share their health data in return for free medical care.

The Scottish team concluded that:

&149 A 20-year-old man who is overweight or mildly obese on the BMI scale (25-40) will live on average to 78.8 years; an underweight counterpart (less than 18.5) will live to 77.5.

• A 20-year-old woman who is overweight or mildly obese can expect to live to 82.5, while the underweight will typically die at 81.8.....

So the Life Insurance Companies who were proudly advertising reduced rates for "healthy lifestyle followers" will be adjusting their rates?

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Perilously average people don't have the same body fat reserves as lardy folk like me, so when folk get ill, they lose more weight than they can afford, and die.

Actuaries are the best people to do this sort of thing because they are not looking for a pre-conceived outcome, their interest is in the financial implications so getting it wrong costs their clients/employers. Before I followed the link, I knew there would be people saying "I don't care what the statistics show, being overweight is still unhealthy." What the statistics say is that if being overweight is unhealthy, it is not fatal.

Your best chance to live a long and healthy life is to take Resveratrol supplements according to Dr. Oz who is Oprah's doctor. Resveratrol also reduces appetite, mimics caloric restriction and reduces cravings which causes some people to lose weight naturally.
According to Wikipedia, Consumer Lab, an independent dietary
supplement and over the counter products evaluation organization,
published a report on 13 November 2007 on the popular resveratrol
supplements. The organization reported that there exists a wide range
in quality, dose, and price among the 13 resveratrol products
evaluated. The actual amount of resveratrol contained in the
different brands range from 2.2mg for Revatrol, which claimed to have
400mg of "Red Wine Grape Complex", to 500mg for Biotivia Transmax,
which is consistent with the amount claimed on the product's label.
Prices per 100mg of resveratrol ranged from less than $.30 for
products made by Biotivia, Jarrow, and Country life, to a high of
$45.27 for the Revatrol brand. None of the products tested were found
to have significant levels of heavy metals or other contaminants.

If you stick to a low calorie diet ... brown rice, green tea ... all your life, whether you live longer or not it will probably seem longer.

Don't forget, NancyB, chew each mouthful twenty times, no sex, no alcohol, early to bed, early to rise (if you're not having sex why stay in bed?) and listen to old windbags who know what is best for you. It won't seem longer, it will seem like an eternity.

This Mary Harper lady is a serial poster on resveratrol. She has posted the self same comment here:

http://peakperformance.runnersworld.com/2008/01/run-drink-live.html

and here:

http://asecondhandconjecture.com/?p=2006#comment-65430

So what is her interest?

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