An Update by Ripskis:
Many are drawing erroneous and totally unwarranted conclusions from the Flagel et al. study that appeared in the April 20, 2005 issue of JAMA. The gold standard regard optimal BMI range is the one outlined in the 2001 Field et al. study of Harvard Medical School. It involved 121,701 nurses and 51,529 men. Their conclusion: "relationship between BMI and risk of developing chronic diseases was evident even among adults in the upper half of the healthy range (BMI of 22.0-24.9), suggesting that adults should try to maintain a BMI between 18.5 and 21.9 to minimize their risk of disease." Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 161, July 9, 2001, pp. 1581-6.
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