A compilation of the latest researches and findings regarding Body Mass Index

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Researches have been pro-actively going on concerning Body Mass Index, thanks to the large world of serious health and medical professional across the globe. Here we have compiled a list of 17 latest research updates regarding BMI:

  1. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital reports that you being at a societal pressure to be larger in size than your peers of same age keeps you at a greater risk of increasing your BMI – putting on more fat.
  2. It is important to maintain a normal BMI throughout your life, especially at childhood. A recent study has shown that you being obese at adolescence can affect your cognitive skills in your adulthood.
  3. In a study consisting of more than a million people from around the world, analysis says that high BMI can heavily trim off life expectancy. When moderate obesity, was found to reduce life expectancy by about 3 years, it was found that severe obesity can shorten a person's life by almost 10 years.
    This 10 year loss is equal to the effects of a lifelong full of smoking!!
  4. BMI is not as innocent as it looks, especially when it comes to women and pregnancy. According to a research published in Human Reproduction Journal, being obese steadily decreases a woman’s chance of spontaneous pregnancy. For every BMI unit above 29 kg/m2, the probability of pregnancy was found to be reduced by four percent.
  5. In one of the largest study of its kind involving more than 5 million adult from UK, it was found that a higher body mass index (BMI) lead to increased risk of developing 10 of the most common cancers!!
  6. Higher maternal body mass index (BMI) before or in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death, with women who are severely obese having the greatest risk of these outcomes from their pregnancy. Also gaining both too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, according to a study.
  7. Chances of a come back after suffering an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack is lessened considerably if the patient has a low Body mass index, according to a new study.
  8. Early childhood obesity is a health hazard that can lead to various conditions in adolescence and adulthood. BMI is a good predictor of childhood obesity. Pediatric researchers say that babies with high BMI at the age of two months are at a risk for obesity at two years.
  9. In a first of its kind study to assess the relationship between gender, BMI and notion of ‘attractiveness’, it was found that females judge men with higher BMI as less attractive!!
    Men do not find a man with a higher weight negatively, but they are least attracted to heavier women.
  10. The onset of asthma has not always been a predictable one – but one more factor has now come to light in a recent study. In men, having a low BMI during childhood and in women, a high childhood BMI will lead to asthma in early adulthood.! Similarly, women with drinking and smoking habit if underweight or obese have a two-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with asthma than women with a healthy body mass index.
  11. High educational qualification may also not be able to help you if BMIs on the higher level too!! Study show that women with a body mass index of 30-34.9 even with a high educational qualification have double the risk of depression compared with women of normal weight and same educational attainment.
  12. Among middle-aged adults, people who have high BMI are thrice at a risk of get dementia at old age than those who have normal BMI during adulthood.
  13. Women who have fertility issues have lesser chance to conceive if obese or overweight. Many studies show that even after fertility treatment obese patients are at increased risk of infertility than normal-weight women. Also Pregnant women with abnormal BMI are always at a higher risk of complications while carrying and during delivery.
  14. Similarly, daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages by women during pregnancy can also cause increased body mass index (BMI) in the infant leading to increased risk of being overweight in early childhood.
  15. Older women in their postmenopausal period are at a higher risk of breast cancer if they sport a high BMI. Adding to this, postmenopausal women who use antidepressant medication or suffer from depression might be more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) – thus associating with increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a study.
  16. Having abnormal BMI can decrease your chances of staying in remission!! The study conducted among Rheumatoid Arthritis patients found that those who were had low or high BMI tended to get relapse often than those with normal BMI.

    Last but far from the least!!!

  17. A recent study concluded that however fat you are at present need not discourage you!! A simple reduction of BMI by five units can dramatically reduce your risk of diabetes – even in severely obese patients.