Human Exceptionalism

Stuff Your Faces to Live Longer?

Transhumanists and other assorted immortalists take notice: Rather than quasi starve yourselves, perhaps now you can safely stuff your faces. A new study published by the AMA indicates that being overweight (as opposed to severe obesity) may result in a longer life. From the AMA press release:

In an analysis of nearly 100 studies that included approximately 3 million adults, relative to normal weight, overall obesity (combining all grades) and higher levels of obesity were both associated with a significantly higher all-cause risk of death, while overweight was associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality, according to a study in the January 2 issue of JAMA. “Estimates of the relative mortality risks associated with normal weight, overweight, and obesity may help to inform decision making in the clinical setting,” according to background information in the article…The researchers found that the summary HRs indicated a 6 percent lower risk of death for overweight; a 18 percent higher risk of death for obesity (all grades); a 5 percent lower risk of death for grade 1 obesity; and a 29 percent increased risk of death for grades 2 and 3 obesity.

Hmmm. Maybe this is the time to remember screenwriter William Goldman’s maxim about Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.”

Besides, I think we spend too much time worrying about this. As Emerson noted, it’s not the length of your life but the depth. Still, all things being equal, I’ll take both, thank you very much. Whatever.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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