The researchers used widely accepted federal definitions of "overweight" and "obesity" based on body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 25 to 30 classifies someone as overweight and above 30 as obese.Italics mine. My BMI is currently 28. In other words, perfect. I'll live to be a hundred unless the Ron Paul hordes from the previous post get to me first.
....The most surprising finding was that being overweight but not obese was associated only with excess mortality from diabetes and kidney disease not cancer or heart disease. Moreover, the researchers found an apparent protective effect against all other causes of death, such as tuberculosis, emphysema, pneumonia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and injuries. An association between overweight and nearly 16,000 deaths from diabetes and kidney disease was overshadowed by a reduction of up to 133,000 deaths from all other non-cancer, non-heart disease causes.
But I still ought to get more exercise.