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Can Weight Loss Make You Smarter?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Being overweight is associated with multiple negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Conversely, weight loss can lower the risk of developing such illnesses, or lighten their burden. Now, a new study from Brazil found that besides physical improvements, slimming down can also produce positive outcomes for the mind.

Why Body Mass Index Doesn't Measure Up

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

BMI is a ratio of weight to height (weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters). The BMI was devised in the nineteenth century as a statistical tool and meant to be a way to assess weight in the population generally. However, over time, it became an easy and inexpensive way to target individuals as being too large.

Underweight People Have a High Chance of Dying Too

Marilyn Linton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

We all know that to lower our risk of some conditions and diseases the advice given is usually to drop some pounds. But many of us take dieting too far and forget that there is a difference between lean and skinny, the former a reflection of robust health and fitness, the latter frankly potentially unhealthy and frankly unattractive.

Extra Weight As You Age Can Be A Good Thing

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living

A new study suggests that current body mass index (BMI) recommendations may be unsuitable for older adults. Caryl Nowson, a professor of nutrition ...

Obesity and Health Just Don't Go Together

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

For quite a while some experts believed that a little extra body fat would not necessarily trigger health problems like metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases that often accompanies weight gain. But all that may just be fantasy, according to a recent study from Canada.

So Your BMI Isn't An Accurate Measure Of Your Health?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living

As waistlines around the globe continue expanding, some scientists say that it's time to do away with a common way to measure weight: body mass index ...

Why Public Health Activists Want to Hide Inconvenient Truths

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

After studying about three million cases, the authors of a new study found that for people who are older than 60, having a body-mass index (BMI) that ranks you as overweight may reduce your mortality risk. And while obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, those at the lowest level of obesity were not more likely to die during a given period than people of normal weight. The reception to this data has not been kind.

Why I'm Against Israel's "Too Skinny" Ban on Models

Cynthia Cheng Mintz | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Living
Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Israel's has recently banned "too-skinny" models requiring they must have a BMI of at least 18.5 in order to work. There are very strict rules about using models who fall below the magic number. However, this ruling is unfair. BMI is, after all, not always an indicator of health -- there have been many publications that have proven that. For example, people with very light bones and athletes are more likely to fall out of said number, and still be relatively healthy. In addition, one can meet these minimum requirements, yet still look extremely thin -- muscle, after all, weighs more than fat.

Stressed Out Men Like Their Women Big: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Many men might say they're most attracted to women who are svelte, icons of that so-called feminine ideal portrayed in magazines and other m...

Can You Be Fat and Healthy? Yes, But Most People Are Not

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

To many readers, the very idea that you can carry excess weight and still be healthy may sound like an oxymoron. After all, is excess body fat not strongly associated with a wide range of health problems from diabetes to sleep apnea and from arthritis to cancer? Yes it is, but not in everyone.

Why the Body Mass Index Is Pretty Stupid

Yoni Freedhoff M.D. | Posted 08.07.2011 | Canada
Yoni Freedhoff M.D.

While becoming a teetotaling, vegan, shut-in, marathon runner might well help you to manage your weight, is that a life you'd be willing, or even able, to live with forever? No. Weight loss is about living the healthiest life that you can enjoy.